Sporadic gun violence outbreaks define first week of February in Philadelphia

Four of the first seven days of February passed without a single gunshot victim reported in Philadelphia, but five people were killed and nine more were wounded across the remaining three days.

Police investigate the crime scene, Sunday Feb. 2, 2013, at 53rd Street and Market Street in West Philadelphia after two women were wounded by gunfire one fatally.  GunCrisis.org/ Joseph Kaczmarek

Police investigate the scene of a shooting that left one woman dead and a second critically wounded last Sunday morning in West Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

After no victims were reported on February 1st, two double shootings reported early on the 2nd kicked off a violent 24-hour Sunday span during which gunmen killed four people and wounded two more, one of them critically.

Four more people were wounded in Philadelphia shooting incidents on Monday, February 3rd, two of whom were initially listed in critical condition.

Tuesday, February 4th then passed without a single victim report, but one man was killed and three more were critically wounded on Wednesday, the 5th. February 6th and 7th then passed without a single new victim.


Slushy snow covered Philadelphia last Monday. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Jim MacMillan.

Last week’s scattered outbreaks may be correlated with recent weather. During the first seven days of February, precipitation totals in Philadelphia nearly matched the average monthly total for the whole month, according to weather.com.

Weather may have been a factor last year as well, when we saw a dramatic drop in year-to-date homicides compared with the 2012 in Philadelphia.

When the weather improved last May, we counted 131 shooting victims across the city, still the highest monthly total we have seen since launching the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

N. Bancroft Street Shooting

Police search for evidence at the crime scene after a 27-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting incident Wednesday night in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Note: Our totals for the first week of this month exclude accidental and intentional self-inflicted shootings, including one man who may have wounded another before killing himself. A police officer also shot a man during a reported violent assault, but #GunCrisis totals include only police shootings which involve suspects armed with guns. Armed robberies without gunshot victims are also excluded.

The first shooting victim of this second week of February was reported early Saturday morning: A 22-year-old man was listed in stable condition at Einstein Medical Center after he was shot twice on A Street near West Ruscomb Street in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.

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