Student tweeting monthly Philadelphia homicide analysis

Tracking Philadelphia gun violence every day has been an exhausting experience — emotionally as well as practically — for the team at the Gun Crisis Reporting Project. So, we find great inspiration when we meet others who are doing the same.

Last month, we discovered Brady Watkins, a 22-year-old Criminal Justice and Political Science Major who will be graduating from Mansfield University in December.

Watkins follows Philadelphia media reports each month, as well as online news archives and court documents. He breaks down homicide reports statistically, looking at the geographic area, time of day, day of the week, gender, race, age, weapon used, and whether the homicide was solved or unsolved.

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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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#GunCrisis: Philadelphia Week in Review

Police investigate the scene of a double shooting early Sunday in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Shootings spike during September in Philadlephia; still down from last year’s pace

Above: Neighbors look on as police investigate a shooting which left two men dead and two more wounded last month in the Fern Rock section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we tracked reports of 119 shooting victims in Philadelphia during September, the highest monthly total so far this year.

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