At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we counted 62 shooting victims in Philadelphia during February, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources.At least 19 victims died with 24 hours of being shot and another 14 were initially reported in critical condition.
Twenty women and girls were shot in Philadelphia during February, representing an unusually high 32 percent of total shooting victims.
Ten women were shot during January, representing 12 percent of the total shooting victims.
Women made up 10 percent of the shooting victims in the first half of 2012 and 7.6 percent of the victims in the first half of 2013, according to police data.
The Philadelphia Police Department has now counted 46 total homicides in the city during 2014, a year-to-date increase of 40 percent over 2013, but still lower than 2012 rates.
Although fewer people were shot during February, the rate of fatal shootings increased to 31 percent of total gunshot victims, up from 26 percent in January.
Only 17 percent of Philadelphia shooting victims died during the first half of 2013, when 530 people were shot, 92 of them fatally, according to police data.
In 2012, 22 percent of shooting victims died, or 284 of 1279.
Our February report excludes one police-involved shooting, bodies found with no clear cause of death reported, and intentional self-inflicted shootings — but includes several accidental shootings.
Wounded Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Penn is “coming along just fine,” according to his mother, quoted in a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer. Penn was shot when returning him from work early Sunday, as we previously reported.
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