#GunCrisis Monthly: May, 2014

Top story: Two 11-year-olds shot during brutal Philadelphia weekend

Jamara Stevens vigil

A woman looks to the sky during a memorial service for 11-year-old Jamara Stevens,who was killed in an accidental shooting inside her home in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Feature Report: Do Violent Lyrics Make People Violent?

Newtown Avenue Fatal Double Shooting

Police investigate at the scene of a double shooting in Crescentville. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Data: Philadelphia shooting victim report for March, 2014

28th Street Homicide

Violence interrupters gather at the scene of a fatal shooting in North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Memorial: Vigil illuminates lives lost as well as progress in Philadelphia

Copabanana Homicide

Police investigate the scene of a shooting outside a bar in West Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Major incidents:

Photo at top of page: A neighbor records the scene of a double shooting in the Crescentville section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

Philadelphia shooting victim report: March 2014

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we tracked 62 shooting victims in Philadelphia during March, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources.

At least 12 people died on the same day they were wounded and 17 more were initially reported in critical condition. One triple shooting and six double shootings were reported.

The average age of victims we could identify was 29 years old. Three female victims were reported, including a 14-year-old girl who suffered a graze wound.

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Six separate days passed without a single gunshot victim. Our totals exclude self-inflicted shooting and reports of found bodies where the cause of death was not immediately clear.

Two police involved shootings were reported, one of which involved an off-duty officer. Another off-duty police officer was wounded in a shooting outside his home.

The shooting victim count for March matches the previous month’s total, although February was three days shorter. As we previously reported, gunshot victim totals had been trending downward for several months.

According to the latest data from PhillyPolice.com, 70 homicides have been reported so far during 2014 in Philadelphia, down slightly from this time last year and down 33 percent from the 2012 year-to-date total.

At top of page: Investigators gather at the crime scene after one man was wounded by police gunfire and another was captured, after third man was wounded in shooting last month in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.