Fewer shooting victims reported during June in Philadelphia

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we tracked 94 gunshot victims wounded during 85 shooting incidents reported last month in Philadelphia, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources. Last month, 18 shooting victims were pronounced dead on the same day they were shot and another 16 were initially reported in critical condition.

June’s total number of people wounded or killed represents a 15 percent decrease from the previous month, when we counted 111 people shot. June’s total also represented a four percent decrease in shooting victims in comparison with June, 2013 — when 98 people were shot — and a 19 percent improvement over June 2012 – when 116 shooting victims were reported, according to Philadelphia Police data.

Ten of June’s victims were under 18 years of age, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot to death. Ten female shooting victims were reported, including in 17-year-old girl.

Slide show: Philadelphia shooting scenes from June, 2014

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Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

So far this year, 132 homicides have been reported in Philadelphia, down from 140 on the same date last year, according to the latest daily update from the Philadelphia Police, and representing a six percent improvement.

* Our report for June includes two police-involved shooting incidents involving gun suspects, but excludes two incidents in which robbery victims shot suspects, because the accused perpetrators were allegedly armed with knives. Monthly updates also exclude intentional self-inflicted shootings as well as sudden deaths and found bodies with no apparent cause of death.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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