More fatal shootings reported during August in Philadelphia

Above: Police investigate the scene after a three-year-old girl was killed and three more people were wounded in one shooting incident last month in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we followed 85 incidents which left 100 shooting victims during August, 2014 in Philadelphia, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources. Twenty people were pronounced dead on the same day they were shot, twice as many as we reported one month earlier.

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