Philadelphia shooting victims peaked in May last year; same is true so far in 2014

Above: The total number of Philadelphia shooting victims reported during May leapt significantly over April totals in both 2012 and 2013 — as well as across the ten-year monthly average — as shown in this chart taken from the Philadelphia Police Department’s 2013 Homicide Report.

While ten-year trends indicate that the coming summer months can result in more Philadelphia shooting victims, monthly totals for 2013 peaked during May, and the same is true so far this year.

As we recently reported, the Gun Crisis Reporting Project tracked 111 shooting victims last month in Philadelphia, representing a 26 percent increase over April’s total.

Data from the Philadelphia Police Department also shows a 26 percent increase during the same period in 2013, up from 94 shooting victims reported in April to 119 reported in May.

In 2102, 138 shooting victims were reported in May, representing a 30 percent increase above the total of 106 victims reported during the previous month.

However, the total number of shooting victims we counted last month represents a seven percent decrease when compared with data from May, 2013 and a 20 percent decrease when compared with the May, 2012 total.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.


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