Tracking gun violence in Philadelphia: March 31, 2021

Above: Number of firearm-related emergency department (ED) visits among Philadelphia residents, 2018-2020. [Philadelphia Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Dashboard]

Latest Philadelphia data

• The weekly Major Crimes report published by Philadelphia Police indicates that 27 people were shot in Philadelphia during the seven-day period ending Sunday night. The Shooting Victims data set also made available by Philadelphia Police reports 33 shooting victims during the same period. We have seen discrepancies and corrections before – though previously smaller. We will keep an eye on it. [Philadelphia Police via Google Drive/]

• Police have reported 119 total homicides this year-to-date in Philadelphia as of late Monday night, running 28 percent ahead of last year’s pace. On the same date in 2013, 53 people had been killed. []

Brutal weekend

• The seven people wounded in a mass shooting Friday night made up only half of the Philadelphia gunshot victims recorded on that date. Ten more people were shot over remainder of the weekend. Eleven-year old Harley Celance was killed while riding a scooter. [Open Data Philly via @PCGVR/NBC Philadelphia/@CouncilmemberJG]

Gun violence briefings

• Trauma surgeon, public health researcher and Philadelphia mom Dr. Jessica Beard says gun violence briefings should help us understand the public health context, root causes and solutions to gun violence. [PCGVR]

• The city’s next Virtual Update on Gun Violence takes place today at 1 p.m. Philadelphia Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Program Manager Dr. Ruth Abaya has been added ot the agenda. [Watch live on Facebook/Listen live on WURD Radio]

New dashboard

• The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has launched a new Injury Prevention Dashboard, so far mainly focused on firearm violence. []


• Protesters calling for an end to gun violence demonstrated over the past week at Philadelphia City Hall and in South Philadelphia. [Billy Penn/KYW Newsradio]

• A woman who lost her son to gun violence wrote to express her gratitude to protester Jamal Johnson. [Philadelphia Obituary Project]

• Philly communities — specifically BIPOC spaces — need your love, care, and support. [WHYY]

• The Guardian checked in with some experts in Philadelphia. [The Guardian]


• The Center for Gun Violence Reporting will take part next week in the Gun Violence News Summit — “a forum for leaders of journalism to create an action plan on how to handle mass shooting reporting differently” — organized by the Columbia Journalism Review. Register now. [CJR/]

• Learn more about “Up the Block,” coming this summer to connect Philadelphians with resources for coping with gun violence — and about some previous groundwork. [Poynter Institute/Reynolds Journalism Institute]

• The way we think about mass shootings ignores many Black victims. [The Trace]

• Everything about America’s gun debate is wrong – here’s why. [The Guardian]


• Racially conservative Whites — those who score high on measures of anti-Black prejudice — think of guns in terms of good citizenship. [The Washington Post]

• Two new studies find children and high school students in America can easily get their hands on a gun. [Pediatrics/News@Northeastern]


• 10 ideas to stem the tide of Philly’s gun-violence crisis [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

• 6 bold ideas for gun reform that could actually happen. [Politico]

• Proposals for Reducing the Virus of Gun Violence [The Good Men Project]

• The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board is calling for gun control but also “designing, implementing, and evaluating solutions to gun violence with the same rigor, investment, and speed that ultimately delivered the coronavirus vaccines.” [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Solution of the Week

• Avoid “law and order” rhetoric to keep vulnerable communities safe. [KCET]


• Governor Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and state leaders joined CeaseFirePA and advocates to call for common sense changes to reduce gun violence. []


• Gun violence prevention advocates are disappointed in President Biden. The father of student killed at Parkland says he should: “Start doing something.” [NPR/NPR]

News from the Center

• Center for Gun Violence Reporting director Jim MacMillan discussed recent issues on radio and TV this week. [KYW Newsradio Flashpoint/6ABC]

• We added new information to our Reporting Resources and other sections of our site this week. New web hosting has our pages loading faster than ever. Let us know if you spot any errors or omissions. [PCGVR]