Philadelphia’s homicide rate dropped by 20 percent during the 28-day period ending October 26th, when compared with the previous four weeks, according to the latest weekly report from the Philadelphia Police Department.
Gunpoint robberies climbed by 15 percent during the same period, but the 2,345 incidents reported to date during 2014 still represent a three percent decline when compared with last year.
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According to Wednesday morning’s update on the Philadelphia Police Crime Maps and Stats page, 218 homicides have been reported in the city this year, representing a six percent increase over the 205 victims killed by the same date last year.
In the latest news, police rushed a 24-year-old man to Einstein Medical Center after he was shot around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Limekiln Pike near West Godfrey Avenue in the East Germantown section of the city. 6ABC reported that he was shot in the face.
Two men were killed and another was wounded in shootings reported Tuesday in Philadelphia, as we previously reported.
Two dozen people were killed in Philadelphia between September 1st and September 28th, up 14 percent from the previous 28-day period, according to homicide data released Friday by the Philadelphia Police Department.
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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.
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The latest daily update from the Philadelphia Police Department counts 115 homicides in the city through the first six months of 2014, one less than were reported by the same date last year.
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The total number of Philadelphia homicides leapt ahead of last year’s pace early in 2014 and then fell behind significantly, before creeping to within a few percent during the first 20 weeks of this year, according to Philadelphia Police data.
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Philadelphia has suffered more homicides this year than New York City — which has more than five times our population.