Friday’s outbreak fuels January spike in Philadelphia homicides


So far this month, the Gun Crisis Reporting Project has tracked 49 shooting victims in Philadelphia, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources. At least 17 people were pronounced dead on the same day they were shot and another 11 were initially reported in critical condition.

Denise Herron holds her six-year-old daughter Jordan Hall as they wait to find the little girl’s brother after two students were shot Friday afternoon inside the Delaware Valley Charter School in the Logan section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Denise Herron holds her six-year-old daughter Jordan Hall as they wait to find the little girl’s brother after two students were shot last week inside the Delaware Valley Charter School in the Logan section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Three men were killed and six more people were wounded in Philadelphia shooting incidents reported Friday, including two teens shot inside their school.

Only nine homicides had been reported by this date last year, according to police data, and this month’s total already exceeds the 16 fatal shooting we counted last month.

In the latest incident, a 47-year-old man was listed in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he was shot in the chest at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on City Avenue near Bala Avenue in Philadelphia’s Wynnefield section.

The shooting took place outside the Bala Inn, according to 6ABC. Police said they found the victim on a pool table after he went inside for help, according to CBS3. And according to NBC10, police said that the victim told them two men were responsible.

An overnight shooting left another man in critical condition across the Delaware River in Camden, NJ, according to another 6ABC report.

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