What would it look like if Philadelphia shooting victims were gunned down at the same place and time each month? And how would we respond?
In the 30 days following the Boston Marathon bombing — between April 15th and May 15th — at least 11 people were shot to death in Philadelphia.
Another 18 victims were initially reported in critical condition following incidents across the city, and a total of 80 gunshot victims were wounded during this period — based on our original reporting, local media reports, police officials and other sources.
Multiple victims were reported in five incidents, including two in which four people were shot. Three double shootings were also reported in the city, and one triple shooting.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey argued last week that “You can’t cherry-pick your outrage,” while discussing the lack of attention to some city homicides during a speech at the Mothers in Charge Cost of Violence National Conference.
“Every life has value,” Ramsey pleaded, remembering that “Somebody lost somebody.”
With all respect to those killed and suffering in Boston, it would be helpful if local and national officials and media organizations would pursue equally intensive investigations of root causes and possible strategies for prevention of the continuing casualties in cities such as Philadelphia.
Our examination of local media reports showed no discussion of causes or solutions after five people were shot in Southwest Philadelphia Wednesday night.
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