For about 12 hours Saturday, local artist Peter Quinn and a team of volunteers drew thousands of chalk body outlines across all four lanes of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, from 20th Street to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.
Quinn describes “American Casualties: A Drawing,” as a community art project intended as “a visual image of the devastation of gun violence in America each year.”
Police talk with neighbors and gather evidence after a 22-year-old man was shot to death on Jefferson Street near 27th Street at about 7:15 p.m. Friday in North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.
The victim was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital with a chest wound but pronounced dead a short time later.
Police said that victim was on a dirt bike when a gunman inside a car drove by and opened fire, according to NBC10. Police are reviewing surveillance video from a camera in the neighborhood but no arrests were reported.
A young couple — My’Eera and Allen — prepared to head for the Gratz High School prom in spite of the grim scene nearby.
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Police gather evidence and help neighbors get around the crime scene after four people were shot in one incident Wednesday night in Southwest Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.
At least 39 evidence markers covered the street, and police believe that at least 27 shots were fired by the gunman or gunmen involved.