#GunCrisis: Philadelphia, regional and national updates

A Philadelphia Police officer investigates a fatal shooting last summer in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. This photo was among coverage bringing new recognition from the National Press Photographers Association to Gun Crisis Reporting Project photojournalist Joseph Kaczmarek. Read more at the end of this post.

A Philadelphia Police officer investigates a fatal shooting last summer in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. This photo was among coverage bringing new recognition from the National Press Photographers Association to Gun Crisis Reporting Project photojournalist Joseph Kaczmarek. Read more at the end of this post.

A 17-year-old was listed in stable condition after he was shot Thursday afternoon at 19th and Dickinson Streets in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia. 6ABC has a brief report.

Gun battles left no additional casualties but extensive damage following additional Thursday incidents: Bullets holes damaged numerous cars in North Philadelphia, according to reports from NBC10, Fox29 and Philly.com. Earlier, firefighters were ducking for cover as bullets pierced firehouse windows in Kensington, according to reports from CBS3, 6ABC, Fox29 and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Philadelphia Police Department released a video Thursday, in search of the public’s assistance in identifying a gunman sought following a robbery in East Oak Lane. As we reported yesterday, the Philadelphia’s year-to-date homicide total is outpacing New York City.

Two people were injured in a bar shooting early Thursday in York, Pa. In Trenton, NJ, a detective who was shot in the line of duty last year is returning to work.

A police officer was killed in a shootout Monday in Phoenix, another was wounded during a traffic stop Sunday in Colorado, and four SWAT officers were wounded Wednesday in Indianapolis. One person was killed and two others were injured in a shooting in Detroit Thursday evening.

Shooting victims have also been reported this week during a Fat Tuesday concert in New Orleans, at shopping malls in Cleveland and Memphis, near an elementary school in California — and at a university cafeteria in Toronto, Canada.

Finally, Gun Crisis Reporting Project founding partner and photojournalist Joseph Kaczmarek came in a close second for regional Photographer of the Year honors from the National Press Photographers Association, in recognition of his work in 2013. Kaczmarek finished ahead of many newspaper, wire service and freelance photographers from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia. We don’t celebrate anything except gun violence reduction, but we appreciate the media recognition, professional and community honors that have followed our efforts.

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