Philadelphia shooting victim analysis for September, 2014

Police investigate the scene after four men were shot, two fatally, last month in Fern Rock. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we followed 97 shooting incidents which left 115 people wounded or killed in Philadelphia during September, 2014, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources.

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Ten double shootings and one triple shooting were reported, as well as two incidents in which four people were shot. Twenty people were pronounced dead on the same day they were shot and another 29 were initially reported in critical condition.

A 15-year-old girl was shot to death and another 11 women were wounded, three fatally. Doctors delivered the baby of a pregnant woman who was shot to death, but the baby then also died.

One day passed with no shooting victim reports but 13 people were shot on the following day.

The youngest victim was a nine-year-old boy with a graze wound — and four victims were 60 years of age or older. The average age of the shooting victims we could identify was just under 30.

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Last month’s shooting victim total represented a 15 percent increase in shooting victims when compared with those we reported in August.

Notes: The totals above excludes deaths recorded during the month but categorized without cause of death as suspicious, sudden, found remains or self-inflicted.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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