Spring weather met with 25 shooting incidents, 33 victims and at least seven gun deaths this week in Philadelphia

Somerset Street Quadruple Shooting - HomicideA crowd gathers around the scene of a quadruple shooting that left one woman dead and three men wounded Tuesday night in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

In the week since the Philadelphia Daily News reported a 39-percent year-to-date reduction in homicides across our city, the Gun Crisis Reporting Project has tracked 25 incidents in which 33 people have been shot, based on original reporting, media reports and police sources.

Somerset Street Quadruple Shooting - HomicideThis week represented an increase of 32 percent over the weekly average of 25 shooting victims in 2012, when 1,282 people were shot throughout the year, according to Philadelphia Police statistics.

At least seven of this week’s victims died on the day they were shot, and seven more were initially reported in critical condition. The known fatalities represent an 11 percent increase over the 2012 weekly average.

We reported last week that city officials considered the climate as a possible factor related to gun violence, and this week’s outbreak followed the warmest weather of the year.

Two double shootings, one triple shooting and one quadruple shooting were reported this week. At least eight of the victims were shot multiple times, including one man who was shot five times.

The youngest shooting victim we could identify was 16 years old and the oldest was 50. Among those identified by age, the average victim wounded this week was 25 years old and the average age of those killed was 20.

Three women were reported among the victims, and two of them died.

Our tallies this week exclude suicides and one police-involved shooting,

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