The last two shooting victims reported during 2013 in Philadelphia were a pair of 17-year-old girls wounded inside a home in East Mount Airy on New Year’s Eve.
Two days later, a woman and a man found inside a burning home in the city’s Juniata Park section became the first homicide victims of 2014. They had both been shot in the head.
At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we have tracked 14 women and girls shot in Philadelphia so far in 2014.
• On January 3rd, a tow truck driver rushed a woman to Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia, where she was reported in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
• A 15-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were shot inside a home in Southwest Philadelphia on the night of the 4th.
• A 26-year-old woman was listed in critical condition at Einstein Medical Center with a head wound after she was shot inside a home in Frankford early on January 5th.
• A 49-year-old woman was reported in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with leg wounds after she was shot during a robbery early on January 11th in West Philadelphia.
• Two students — one boy and one girl — were wounded in shooting incident inside their high school on January 17th.
• On Sunday, January 19th, a 49-year-old woman and her 22-year-old son were found shot to death inside a home in the Crescentville section of the city.
• Next, an 80-year-old woman suffered a wrist wound during an accidental shooting inside a home Northeast Philadelphia.
• On the night of the 19th, 26-year-old Amber Long was shot and killed during a robbery in Northern Liberties. A reward was set to expire and homicide detectives said that no significant leads had developed, according to a recent report from CBS3.
• A 25-year-old woman was wounded in a double shooting in Olney on January 27th.
• Another 25-year-old woman was reported in stable condition at Einstein after she suffered a hand wound from a stray bullet while sitting in a car on Wakefield Street in East Germantown on the 28th.
• A woman was shot and killed in the area of Champlost Avenue and Front Street in the Olney section of the city on January 29th.
• Finally, one woman was killed and a second was wounded during a violent outbreak early on February 2nd.
In response to these incidents, a new grassroots movement has emerged in Philadelphia — called Handbags 4 Peace — and dedicated to making Philadelphia a safer place for women. More than two weeks have now passed since the last time a woman was shot in Philadelphia.
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