More fatal shootings reported during August in Philadelphia

Above: Police investigate the scene after a three-year-old girl was killed and three more people were wounded in one shooting incident last month in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we followed 85 incidents which left 100 shooting victims during August, 2014 in Philadelphia, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources. Twenty people were pronounced dead on the same day they were shot, twice as many as we reported one month earlier.

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The youngest victim was a three-year-old girl who was shot to death on August 1st. Five more were under 18 years of age. The oldest victim was a 58-year-old man who was wounded on the 18th in East Frankford. The average age of shooting victims we could identify was 27.

Eleven women were shot, three fatally, including two killed during one incident in Holmesburg. Three innocent bystanders were shot during one incident in Juniata Park.

We followed nine double shootings, one triple shooting and one incident in which five people were shot. Two days passed during August with no shooting victims reported.

One police officer was wounded and a gun suspect was killed by police, during the same incident.

We counted 30 new shooting victims during the first seven days of September.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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