#GunCrisis Monthly: August, 2014

Above: Friends and family gather in Nicetown for a vigil to remember Terrance ‘T-Bird’ Cox, killed in a shooting which also left two other men wounded. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

 Philadelphia homicides back on pace with last year:



After running behind last year’s homicide rate through much of this summer, the total number of victims is back on pace with 2013.

Gunpoint carjacking leads to crash; killing mother and three children:


Keisha Williams, the mother of three children killed in a crash which followed a gunpoint carjacking in late July, has now also died. A funeral was held earlier for her children: Keiearra Williams, 15, Thomas Reed, 10, and Terrence Moore, 7. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

One third of Philadelphia shooting victims arrived at hospitals in private vehicles or on foot during July:


During July, nearly one Philadelphia driver per day found themselves racing toward an emergency room with a shooting victim in their car. Private vehicles arrived at local hospitals with 29 people suffering gunshot wounds throughout the month, and five more victims walked in unescorted.

Three-year-old girl killed in outbreak of multiple-victim shooting incidents:

3-year-old killed in quadruple shooting

Police investigate after a three-year-old girl was killed in a shooting which left three more people wounded in early August in Grays Ferry. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

We have also covered a triple shooting and another incident with five shooting victims since our last monthly update. More information below:

Multiple-victim incidents dominate Philadelphia gun violence summary for July:


More than one out of every four shooting victims reported during July in Philadelphia was struck in a multiple-victim incident. Nine double shootings were reported, as well as one triple shooting and one incident in which five people were shot.

Major incident reports:

Officer Korpalski ShootingPolice officer wounded, suspect killed in overnight gun battle:

A Philadelphia Police officer was hospitalized with a head wound and a suspect was dead following a gun battle in the Tacony section of the city.

Dell Music Center ShootingMan killed outside peace concert:

A 20-year-old man was shot and killed outside a peace concert at the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park.

Whitaker Avenue Quadruple ShootingThree innocent bystanders among Juniata Park shooting victims:

A 25-year-old man was in extremely critical condition after he was shot in the head while driving with his family past an active shooting scene in Juniata Park. Two more innocent bystander were struck during the same incident.

Additional major incidents:

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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