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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Police data: Homicides down, gunpoint robberies up recently in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s homicide rate dropped by 20 percent during the 28-day period ending October 26th, when compared with the previous four weeks, according to the latest weekly report from the Philadelphia Police Department.

Gunpoint robberies climbed by 15 percent during the same period, but the 2,345 incidents reported to date during 2014 still represent a three percent decline when compared with last year.


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According to Wednesday morning’s update on the Philadelphia Police Crime Maps and Stats page, 218 homicides have been reported in the city this year, representing a six percent increase over the 205 victims killed by the same date last year.

In the latest news, police rushed a 24-year-old man to Einstein Medical Center after he was shot around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Limekiln Pike near West Godfrey Avenue in the East Germantown section of the city. 6ABC reported that he was shot in the face.

Two men were killed and another was wounded in shootings reported Tuesday in Philadelphia, as we previously reported.

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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