After reporting a 40 percent drop in year-to-date homicides across the city throughout the first three months of 2013, the latest Philadelphia Police data shows a 29 percent month-to-month increase in April.
At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we tracked 92 shooting victims last month, based on original reporting, media reports and other sources. Eighteen victims were pronounced dead on the day they were shot and 21 more were initially reported in critical condition.
Three women were among those killed. We counted 28 victims who were reported to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including four people who were shot at least five times each.
Multiple gunshot victims were reported during nine incidents, including one in which four people were shot and another in which three teens were shot, one of them fatally.
We counted 12 teenage shooting victims altogether, including two 16-year-olds who were the youngest victims reported last month. The oldest victim reported was 56 and the average age of victims reported was 28.
Our count excludes suicides and accidental self-inflicted shootings.
Police statistics also report an 18 percent monthly increase in aggravated assaults with guns and a nine percent increase in robberies with guns during April.
As of Friday morning, police data still indicated a 27-percent year-to-date decline in homicides.
So far in May, we have tracked seven more shooting, including three overnight.
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