Tracking gun violence in Philadelphia: September 22, 2020

New resource

• A new interactive map from the Philadelphia Office of the Controller visualizes city shooting victim data gathered since the beginning of 2015. [Philadelphia Office of the Controller]

Latest Philadelphia data

• More than 1,500 people have been wounded or killed by gunfire so far this year in Philadelphia, including 54 last week, at a pace running 46.7 percent ahead of last year. Reports of aggravated assaults with guns are up 38.7 percent, with 2,590 incidents reported this year to date. [Philadelphia Police via Google Drive]

• Arrests for aggravated assaults with guns are up five percent, with 765 through September 20. [Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office]

• Total homicides are up 34 percent vs. 2019, with 331 reported through Sunday night. The pace is running 88 percent ahead of the same period during 2013. [Philadelphia Police]

• More people have been shot so far this year in Philadelphia than the 1,472 shooting victims reported during all 365 days of 2019. Data show 155 shooting victims through the first 20 days of this month alone. [Open Data Philly]


• Mass shooting: Last week’s basketball court shooting was the 21st mass shooting this year in Philadelphia. There were 14 such incidents in Philadelphia during all of 2019. [WHYY]

• Last month: 93 shooting victims were treated at Penn Medicine. But what happens when survivors leave the hospital? [Twitter/MarkSeamonMD]

• Lock up your guns: A Southwest Philadelphia police commander says 135 stolen guns are probably now crime guns. [Twitter/PPDDerrickWood]

In the news

• Resolution Approved: City Council is calling on Mayor Kenney to declare Philadelphia’s gun violence crisis a citywide emergency and take some specific steps. [Philadelphia City Council]

• Good news: YEAH Philly may soon have a permeant space in in West Philadelphia to serve as a headquarters and community center. [WHYY]

• Statewide advocacy: Everytown for Gun Safety is launching a $1.4 million campaign to flip the General Assembly to a “gun sense majority.” [Pennsylvania Capital-Star]

• Media research: Victims killed in predominantly Black neighborhoods receive less news coverage than those killed in non-Hispanic white neighborhoods. [University of Chicago and Stanford]

• Preliminary report: The FBI says murder and non-negligent manslaughter offenses increased by 14.8% during the first six months of 2020. Violent crimes and property crimes declined overall. [FBI]

• Guns and the Court: It’s difficult to overstate the impact of RBG’s passing. [The Trace]

In memoriam

• Sorting my murdered son’s clothing: A bereaved mom shares her experience. [Philadelphia Obituary Project]

• Learn about the people we have lost. Subscribe to get the free monthly email newsletter from the Philadelphia Obituary Project. [Mailchimp]

Solution of the week

• The chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital says we need to provide economic opportunities. [The Philadelphia Citizen]

Getting help in Philadelphia

• People affected by gun violence in Philadelphia can find resources online. [Billy Penn]

• Safe gun storage prevents unintentional shootings and people in Philadelphia are invited to get a free gun lock. [Temple Safety Net]