Shooting deaths climb in January; February begins with violent outbreak

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we tracked 76 shooting victims in Philadelphia during January, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources.

A child watches as a federal agent enter the crime scene after two children were shot inside their high school on January 17th. Three men were killed and three men were wounded on separate incidents on the same day.

A child watches as a federal agent enters the crime scene after two children were shot inside their high school on January 17th. Three men were killed and three more people were wounded in separate incidents in Philadelphia on the same day. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

At least 22 people died on the same day they were wounded and 16 more were initially reported in critical condition.

We counted 95 victims in December, but only 16 deaths; so, fatal shootings increased last month while the total number of shooting victims went down.

Only three days passed in January with no shooting victim reports.

No shootings were reported on February 1st, but four people have been killed and eight more have been wounded over the past two days in Philadelphia.

This month’s first four victims were shot — two fatally — in less than one hour early Sunday, as we previously reported.

Next, a 31-year old man was shot to death late Sunday morning on West Juniata Street near Germantown Avenue in Nicetown. The victim was struck once in the stomach and pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report from 6ABC.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the face Sunday afternoon on Vista Street, near Torresdale and Shelmire Avenues in the Holmesburg section of the city, and pronounced dead on Monday.

UPDATE: Police have identified the Vista Street victim as Rasheed Shannon of East Torresdale, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Police rushed a 23-year-old man to Einstein Medical Center, where he was reported in critical condition after he was shot twice in the chest around 6 a.m. Monday inside a home on Crescentville Road near East Godfrey Avenue in Olney. CBS3 and 6ABC have reports.

A 28-year-old man was reported in stable condition after he was shot in the shoulder about an hour later on Marsden Street in Holmesburg. A woman was wounded in an accidental shooting early Monday afternoon in Juniata Park.

A 41-year-old man was reported in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with multiple gunshot wounds after he was shot at about 7:30 p.m. on Malcolm Street, near 55th Street and Whitby Avenue in Kingessing. CBS3 and 6ABC have reports.

Medics rushed a 50-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with a leg wound after he was shot on North 7th Street near Bristol Street in Hunting Park at about 10:30 p.m.

Finally, a 19-year-old man was reported in stable condition at Einstein after he was shot in the leg on North Gratz Street near West Courtland Street in the Logan section of the city.

As on Tuesday morning, the Philadelphia Police web site indicated that year-to-date homicide totals have climbed in comparison with 2013 but are still running below the previous year’s rates — with 26 people killed this year, compared with 18 last year and 31 in 2012.

Police investigate the scene where one woman was killed and another was wounded during a robbery early Sunday morning in West Philadelphia.

Police investigate the scene where one woman was killed and another was wounded during a robbery early Sunday morning in West Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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