Shootings less frequent but more lethal last month in Philadelphia; more women wounded and killed

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.

A neighbor looks on as police hold the scene where a 28-year-old woman was pronounced dead on South 57th Street. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

A neighbor looks on as police hold the scene where a woman was shot and killed last month in West Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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.

Police investigate and neighbors look on after three men were found shot to death Thursday in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police investigate after three men were found shot to death last month in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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.

Updates: In the latest incident, a 29-year-old man was shot to death at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, on East Schiller Street, near I and Tioga Streets in Kensington. CBS3 and 6ABC have reports.

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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