Gun violence leaves scores of victims across Philadelphia in May

Police investigate the scene and recover a bloody gun as neighbors look on after other officers shot and killed a man they say was firing the weapon Wednesday night on Wayne Avenue in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police investigate after a different officer opened fire on a man who officials say was shooting at other men during an incident last month in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

The shooting victim count for May in Philadelphia exceeds combined total from historic mass shooting incidents at Newtown, where 27 people died , Columbine, with 36 killed, and Virgina Tech, where 56 people died.

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we tracked 131 gunshot victims who were wounded in 112 incidents in Philadelphia last month, based on our original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources.

May’s outbreak started with three shooting victims reported in the first three hours of the first day of the month — and ended with an incident that left three teenage boys wounded in the last few minutes of the 31st.

Seventeen men and two teenage boys died on the day they were shot and 26 more victims were initially reported in critical condition. Eight women were shot in May.

The oldest reported shooting victim last month was 60 and the youngest was 15, but two babies also suffered minor injures in gunfire incidents.

Twenty teenage victims were reported, including two girls, and there were two incidents in which three teens were wounded.

Police investigate the scene and recover a bloody gun as neighbors look on after other officers shot and killed a man they say was firing the weapon Wednesday night on Wayne Avenue in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

An investigator photographs evidence after a man was shot ten times and killed in Hunting Park last month. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Seven double shootings, three triple shootings and four quadruple shootings were reported.

At least 15 people were struck more than three times and two men were shot ten times each.

Throughout the month, police officers opened fire on nine men — and at least five of them died. Officials reported that the suspects were armed and threatening officers or others at the time of each incident.

June is not looking much better so far, with 40 shooting victims reported in the first ten days.

* This report excludes self-inflicted shootings.

Police investigate the scene after two men were shot Monday night in the Francisville section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

Police investigate the scene after two men were shot in the Francisville section of Philadelphia last month. One of the victims had been holding a baby, who was also hospitalized. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

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