#GunCrisis Monthly: July, 2014

Above: Gun violence survivor Ebony Smith and her grandmother Linda Smith watch as police investigate a fatal shooting in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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Philadelphia shooting victims peaked in May last year; same is true so far in 2014

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.

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