While national headlines were dominated by gun violence in Chicago throughout the Independence Day weekend, persistent gun violence has produced a higher rate of homicide in Philadelphia through the first 26 weeks of 2014.
Above: Philadelphia Police SWAT officers search the scene after a 13-year-old was shot earlier this month in South Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.
Above: The total number of Philadelphia shooting victims reported during May leapt significantly over April totals in both 2012 and 2013 — as well as across the ten-year monthly average — as shown in this chart taken from the Philadelphia Police Department’s 2013 Homicide Report.
While ten-year trends indicate that the coming summer months can result in more Philadelphia shooting victims, monthly totals for 2013 peaked during May, and the same is true so far this year.
Gun violence left two people dead and five more wounded — three critically — during the Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia. Two of those wounded were shot in separate incidents by police officers, who officials said fired when suspects pulled guns.
At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we have tracked 80 shooting victim reports this month in Philadelphia, now exceeding the total number of victims reported during April.