Gun violence persists while other violent crimes decline this year in Philadelphia

Above: A neighbor holds a small child while watching police investigate a shooting early Sunday in East Frankford. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Medics rushed a wounded man to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition after he was shot twice around midnight on Dyre Street, between Duffield and Hawthorne Streets. Another man was shot to death just a few blocks away early Saturday in East Frankford, inside an apartment building on Foulkrod Street near Frankford Avenue, as we previously reported.

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Police investigate the shooting scene on Dyre Street in East Frankford. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Another Saturday night shooting left one man in critical condition in the Mayfair section of the city, as we reported earlier.

On Saturday, philly.com reported that violent crime was down by ten percent in Philadelphia so far in 2014, but according to the latest weekly police update, the most dramatic declines include reported rapes and robberies without firearms, while year-to-date homicides and gunpoint robberies have increased.

As of Sunday morning, phillypolice.com reports that 53 people have been murdered this year in Philadelphia, representing a 29 percent increase over last year at this time. And as we recently reported, more than 500 gunpoint robberies have been reported this year in the city.

Posted by Jim MacMillan

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