#GunCrisis Monthly: March, 2014

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Off-Duty Officer Shot

Police gather at the scene after another officer was shot and wounded in an off-duty attack in Overbrook Park. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Major incidents:

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Defense Terrace Homicide

Young men look on at the scene of a fatal shooting in East Falls. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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National news:

Photograph at top of page: Loved ones embrace at the scene of a fatal shooting in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia. For the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Posted by Jim MacMillan

Annual murder and shooting analysis released; outlines great progress and vast challenges in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Police Department recently posted its 2013 murder and shooting analysis, supporting earlier reports of tremendous gun violence reductions last year, but once again reporting that young black men were vastly overrepresented among the continuing victims.

During 2013, a total of 247 people were murdered in Philadelphia, down from 331 in 2012, representing a reduction of 25.4 percent.

However, 129 of those victims were killed during the second half of 2013, representing a 9.3 percent increase over the first six months, when 118 people were murdered.

The report identifies 77.3 percent of the murder victims as black, while the latest US Census report identified only 44.3 percent of the city’s population as black. And 90.7 percent of the victims were identified as male, compared with 47.2 percent of the population.

More than half of those killed — 57.9 percent — were between the ages of 18 and 34, while census data indicated that only 33.5 percent of residents were between ages 15 and 34, the closest statistical comparison available.

Total shooting victims declined from 1,279 in 2012 to 1,128 in 2013, representing a reduction of 11.8 percent. But age, gender and racial disparities were even more pronounced, with 83.9 percent of victims identified as black, 93 percent male, and 71.4 percent between the ages of 18 and 34.

Ninety-five 2013 shooting victims were 17 year of age or younger, including five victims who were no more than ten years old.

More than one in five — or 21.66 percent — of all shooting victims were fatally wounded. Four in ten fatally wounded shooting victims had suffered head wounds.

Most of the murders were committed with firearms — including 201 of 247 total homicides — or 81.37 percent. Of those, 98 percent were committed with handguns, while only four murders were committed with rifles or shotguns.

The report indicated that nearly three quarters of homicides took place outdoors and the almost half resulted from arguments. Three in ten shooting victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

You can compare the latest annual analysis with previous years and check other police data at phillypolice.com.

Top Photo: Emotions overcome a man at the scene of a fatal shooting in Frankford during the early morning hours of January 1st, 2013. The incident was already the city’s second homicide by gunfire of the new year. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Posted by Jim MacMillan

Fewer shooting victims reported each month this winter in Philadelphia

Only four shooting victims have been reported in Philadelphia since last week’s outbreak left three dead and six wounded in about 11 hours. Altogether, we have counted 30 Philadelphia shooting victims this month at the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, but eight fewer fatal shootings than we had counted at this point last month.

Gunshot victim totals have been trending downward for several months in Philadelphia. We counted 62 victims in February, down from 84 in January and 95 in December.

At the same time, Philadelphia has been experiencing the second-snowiest winter on record, according to the Associated Press. And Philadelphia District Attorney recently tweeted: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Fewer shootings and homicides in Philly when it does!

Many major crimes were also “way down” in New York during recent snowed-in weeks, according to the New York Times, but a recent huffingtonpost.com report points out that studies conflict on the impact of cold weather on crime, and a 1990 study from British Journal of Criminology — recently shared by philly.com — concluded that it was not then possible to draw any firm conclusions about the relationships.

Although fewer people were shot during February, the rate of fatal shootings increased to 31 percent of total gunshot victims, up from 26 percent in January. Only 17 percent of Philadelphia shooting victims died during the first half of 2013, when 530 people were shot, 92 of them fatally, according to police data.

Homicides in Philadelphia are up by 27 percent year-to-date — with 52 victim reported, 11 more than at this point last year — but still nearly 30 percent lower than 2011 and 2012 rates, according to the latest phillypolice.com totals.

As we reported yesterday, more than 500 gunpoint robberies have been reported so far this year in Philadelphia.

Photograph above for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek: Police investigate the scene after two men were shot to death last month in the Olney section of Philadelphia.

Posted by Jim MacMillan

More than 500 gunpoint robberies reported in Philadelphia in 2014

The Philadelphia Police Department has released numerous videos since our last surveillance updates, seeking gun suspects wanted for armed robberies and shootings in Philadelphia. According to the latest police data, 538 gunpoint robberies have been reported since the beginning of 2014 in Philadelphia.

Above: Police are seeking to identify the suspects who robbed a 7-11 store with a shotgun in Ogontz on March 11th. (more info) ( watch the video)

Police also have surveillance photos and videos seeking:

Posted by Jim MacMillan

Shootings less frequent but more lethal last month in Philadelphia; more women wounded and killed

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we counted 62 shooting victims in Philadelphia during February, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources.At least 19 victims died with 24 hours of being shot and another 14 were initially reported in critical condition.

[caption id="attachment_16331" align="alignleft" width="196"]A neighbor looks on as police hold the scene where a 28-year-old woman was pronounced dead on South 57th Street. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek. A neighbor looks on as police hold the scene where a woman was shot and killed last month in West Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.[/caption]

Twenty women and girls were shot in Philadelphia during February, representing an unusually high 32 percent of total shooting victims.

Ten women were shot during January, representing 12 percent of the total shooting victims.

Women made up 10 percent of the shooting victims in the first half of 2012 and 7.6 percent of the victims in the first half of 2013, according to police data.

The Philadelphia Police Department has now counted 46 total homicides in the city during 2014, a year-to-date increase of 40 percent over 2013, but still lower than 2012 rates.

[caption id="attachment_16332" align="alignright" width="280"]Police investigate and neighbors look on after three men were found shot to death Thursday in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek. Police investigate after three men were found shot to death last month in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.[/caption]

Although fewer people were shot during February, the rate of fatal shootings increased to 31 percent of total gunshot victims, up from 26 percent in January.

Only 17 percent of Philadelphia shooting victims died during the first half of 2013, when 530 people were shot, 92 of them fatally, according to police data.

In 2012, 22 percent of shooting victims died, or 284 of 1279.

Our February report excludes one police-involved shooting, bodies found with no clear cause of death reported, and intentional self-inflicted shootings — but includes several accidental shootings.

Updates: In the latest incident, a 29-year-old man was shot to death at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, on East Schiller Street, near I and Tioga Streets in Kensington. CBS3 and 6ABC have reports.

Wounded Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Penn is “coming along just fine,” according to his mother, quoted in a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer. Penn was shot when returning him from work early Sunday, as we previously reported.

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