Philadelphia homicides drop sharply in October

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

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Man wounded in East Germantown

Medics rushed a 21-year-old man to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition with a leg wound after he was shot shortly before midnight Thursday on East Pastorious Street near Baynton Street in the East Germantown section of Philadelphia.

As with many of this week’s shootings in Philadelphia, we have found no other media reports. Another man as shot Thursday evening in the Juanita Park section of the city.

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New shooting victim reported in Juniata Park

Medics rushed a critically wounded 21-year-old man to Temple University Hospital after he was shot in the neck, shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday on Neilson Street near East Bristol Street and Castor Avenue in the Juanita Park section of Philadelphia. One man was killed in a shooting reported Tuesday in Juniata Park.

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We have now found no other media reports addressing any of the last six Philadelphia shooting incidents.

Man wounded in Overbrook

A wounded 25-year-old man was listed in stable condition Wednesday night after he arrived at Lankenau Hospital, just outside Philadelphia in Wynnewood, Pa. He was shot on Lansdowne Avenue near 62nd Street in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia, shortly before 10 p.m.

Seven shootings were reported in Philadelphia between Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning, as we previously reported. We have found no other media reports addressing any of the last five Philadelphia shooting incidents.

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Listing those lost

Since beginning last spring, Edward Rhoads of Philadelphia has been compiling a list of those killed with guns in our city, based on information he finds by following media reports, including the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

Rhoads, a retired professor of Chinese history at the University of Texas at Austin, took on the project at the request of the rector of his wife’s church, the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. Each week, Kerbel lights a candle for each gun death in Philly.

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Teen among four overnight shooting victims

Mapped: Seven shootings were reported in Philadelphia between Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning.

A 17-year-old was listed in stable condition at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after he was shot in the knee around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday on South 66th Street near Grays Avenue in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia.

An average of eight children and teens under the age of 20 are killed by guns every day in the United States, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which adds that more than one in five American teens between ages 14 and 17 now report having witnessed a shooting.

The teen wounded overnight was the seventh person shot in separate incidents reported across Philadelphia since early Tuesday afternoon.

• Police rushed a 30-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after he was shot four times around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of East Westmoreland and Tulip Streets in the Port Richmond section of the city.

• A 25-year-old man walked into the Aria Health Frankford Campus, where he was listed in stable condition with a foot wound after he was shot inside a home on Griscom Street near Dyre Street in Frankford shortly after 11:30 p.m.

• And police rushed a 42-year-old man to Temple, where he was reported stable with a thigh wound after he was shot just before midnight on West Wingohocking Street near North 17 Street in the Nicetown section of the city.

• One man was killed and two more were wounded in separate shootings reported Tuesday in Philadelphia, as we previously reported.

The shooting victims reported in Philadelphia since Tuesday afternoon match the death toll of Ebola in the United States and represent twice as many hospitalizations. But we could find no media reports covering the four latest shootings as of early Wednesday morning.

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Tuesday afternoon shootings leave one man dead, two wounded across Philadelphia

Medics pronounced a shooting victim dead on location shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on I Street near East Luzerne Street in the Juanita Park section of Philadelphia.

Police told NBC10 they were seeking a man carrying an AK-47. Witnesses said a man was running while firing into a white minivan, according to 6ABC.

The victim’s vehicle then struck several cars and another minivan, according to Fox29CBS3 reported that the victim was struck multiple times in the torso.

A passenger inside the van was not hurt, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Police reported no arrests, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A 32-year-old man was shot around 3:30 p.m. after a fight at a gas station on Germantown Avenue near East Washington Lane in Germantown. The victim managed to drive himself to Chestnut Hill Hospital, according to NBC10.

The wounded man was struck at least four time, according to CBS3The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that he was listed in critical condition.

A wounded 18-year-old man arrived at Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition after he was shot in the foot around 1:45 p.m. in the area of North 10th Street and West Olney Avenue in on the border of the city’s Logan and Fern Rock neighborhoods.

Shootings left two men wounded Monday in the Fairhill and Feltonville sections of the city, as we previously reported.