Shooters wound 96 during June in Philadelphia; at least 14 have died

A 13-year-old girl who lost an eye to a stray bullet in North Philadelphia was the youngest gunshot victim of the month in Philadelphia, followed by 14- and 15-year-old boys. The oldest victim was a 71-year-old man.

Altogether, we counted 96 shooting victims from 81 shooting incidents reported across Philadelphia in June, based on our original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources. Three triple shootings and nine double shootings were reported.

Fourteen victims were pronounced dead on the day they were shot — all adult men — but 15 more people were initially reported in critical condition, including three women. Seven more women were wounded but reported in stable condition.

Two taxi drivers were wounded in separate shooting incidents and two women were injured when their vehicle collided with a shooting victim who was apparently trying to drive himself to the hospital at high speed.

Our count excludes an incident in which police shot a disturbed man and one in which a shopkeeper reportedly shot a robbery suspect, because we have no information that those incidents were initiated by gun suspects. Accidental and other self-inflicted shootings are also excluded from our reports.

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that homicides were down by 40 percent in the first six months of 2013, when compared with 2012, but our analysis shows that Philadelphia’s per capita homicide rate remains more than four times as great as in New York City so far this year.

At least counted 131 shooting victims were reported across Philadelphia during the previous month. View Philadelphia shooting victim reports for June, 2013 in a larger map.

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