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Police investigate after a different officer opened fire on a man who officials say was shooting at other men during an incident last month in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

A bloody gun marks a crime scene last year in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Philadelphia has suffered the highest rate of homicide per capita among America’s largest cities for many years. In 2013, more than 80 percent of the people killed in our city were shot to death.

In recent years, innovations in public health and criminology have led to double-digit reductions in gun violence when applied in many other cities — and more recently in corners of our own. But we are not doing enough.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project is designed to illuminate the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia — and to present solutions.

First, we meet the needs of citizens by providing original reporting on uncovered or under-covered gun violence incidents across Philadelphia.

a child looks on after a double shooting left one man dead at about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 18th and Cumberland Streets in North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

A child looks on as police investigate a double shooting in North Philadelphia.

Next, we report on the groups and individuals pursuing possible solutions to end the epidemic of homicide by gunfire, and look for evidence of successful intervention programs — in our city and beyond.

We engage community leaders, public officials, students and scholars in public forums, and engage online readers to participate in a conversation on solutions.

And we collaborate with local, national and international media to redirect gun violence reporting narratives to focus on solutions and the path to peace.

But we need your help.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Gun Crisis Reporting Project right now. Help us lead the way to ending the cycle of gun violence in Philadelphia. 

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