Tracking Philadelphia gun violence every day has been an exhausting experience — emotionally as well as practically — for the team at the Gun Crisis Reporting Project. So, we find great inspiration when we meet others who are doing the same.
Last month, we discovered Brady Watkins, a 22-year-old Criminal Justice and Political Science Major who will be graduating from Mansfield University in December.
Watkins follows Philadelphia media reports each month, as well as online news archives and court documents. He breaks down homicide reports statistically, looking at the geographic area, time of day, day of the week, gender, race, age, weapon used, and whether the homicide was solved or unsolved.
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At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we followed 18 shooting incidents between noon on Friday and midnight Monday night.
Fatalities were reported in Kensington and in Southwest Philadelphia. Two women and four teens were among the wounded.
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The latest weekly report from the Philadelphia Police Department shows a 33 percent leap in homicides for the period ending August 3rd, when compared with the previous 28-day period.
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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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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.
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Keep up with the latest news from the Gun Crisis Reporting Project throughout this weekend on our live blog.
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