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.
At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we tracked 94 gunshot victims wounded during 85 shooting incidents reported last month in Philadelphia, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources.
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.