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With only 16 new victims reported over the 28-day period ending on November 2nd, the homicide rate in Philadelphia plummeted by more than 40 percent from the previous 28 days, according to the latest update from the Philadelphia Police Department.

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Last year, October homicides increased slightly when compared to the previous month, and the same was true in 2012, according to the police department’s annual homicide report.

Average Philadelphia temperatures dropped by about 10 degrees from September to October, according to the National Weather Service, but that was true for the past two years as well.

Looking ahead, November homicide rates have dropped sharply when compared with October in recent years.

Total 2014 Philadelphia homicides are still running close to five percent ahead of last year’s pace, with 220 victims now reported this year to date, according to the police department’s Crime Maps and Stats page.

In recent years, more than 80 percent of Philadelphia homicides have been committed with guns, according to police data

Beginning now, the Gun Crisis reporting project will cease daily reporting, as we recently announced.

A new home page will soon direct visitors to all of the resources we have produced since launching in 2012.

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Gun Crisis Reporting Project curtailing operations; will halt daily reporting

The sun sets over West Somerset Street in Kensington, during a six-hour gun violence outbreak last year which left two people dead and six more wounded. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

After publishing every day for more than two and a half years — illuminating the epidemic of gun violence in Philadelphia and seeking solutions — the Gun Crisis Reporting Project will cease daily reporting this Friday, November 7th.

For now, we will continue gathering and analyzing data, participating in community events, and will continue to respond to crime scenes, memorials, and other events when possible. And we plan to keep producing and distributing our free monthly email newsletter.

Meanwhile, we have compiled all of our posts in the #GunCrisis Knowledge Base, which you can also find in the menu at the left of each page, except for previous incident reports, which you can find by searching the site.

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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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Recent weekend shooting victim totals continue downward trend

Above: Police investigate the scene after a teenager was shot in the ankle Saturday night in East Germantown. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Weekend shooting victim totals have declined for three consecutive weeks, based on incidents tracked by the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

We followed reports of five people shot during the past weekend, resulting from incidents reported in the Belmont and East Germantown sections of the city, as well as North Philadelphia and West Philadelphia.

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Last weekend, we followed reports of 10 shooting victims. We followed 13 reported victims during the previous weekend and reports of 15 people shot one weekend earlier.

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