Philadelphia gun violence and prevention report: July 21, 2021

Above: Heat map shows concentrations of shooting victim locations recorded so far this year in Philadelphia. [Philadelphia Office of the Controller]

State of conflict

• Several newsrooms shared a letter from Mayor Jim Kenney refusing to declare a state of emergency for gun violence in Philadelphia. Councilmember Jamie Gauthier led the response. Some are now calling the mayor a coward. [NBC Philadelphia/Medium/The Philadelphia Inquirer]

By the numbers

• This week’s Philadelphia Police citywide major crimes report shows 44 people shot in the city during the seven-day period ending Sunday. But the city’s official data set — also maintained by police — shows 75 shooting victims during the same period. [Google Drive/Open Data Philly]

• On Monday alone: 16 people were shot in Philadelphia, including three triple shootings. Another 42 shooting victims were recorded over the weekend. [ via @PCGVR/ via @PCGVR]

• Three people or more have been shot in each of 15 separate incidents this month in Philadelphia. [Gun Violence Archive]

• The city’s Shooting Victims data set counts people shot in Philadelphia since January 1, 2015 and this week surpassed 2,000 fatalities. The list recently surpassed 10,000 total shooting victims. [PCGVR/@pcgvr]

• Philadelphia reached 300 homicides earlier than ever this year. Police had counted 309 people killed by late last night, a 34 percent increase compared with last year. [@PhillyHomicides/]

• Fatal shootings are up over last year’s already high rate in many U.S. cities, but none more so than in Philadelphia. [America]

Coming up next

• The next virtual briefing on gun violence in Philadelphia will take place today at 1 p.m. Listen live on WURD Radio 900 AM / 96.1 FM or watch live online. [Facebook]

In the community

• One of our Credible Messenger Reporting Project teams held their first in-person screening and community conversation. [CBS3]

• Mothers in Charge members had some questions for Police Commissioner Outlaw last week. [6ABC]

• Gun violence prevention Bilal Qayyum lead another buyback and 105 more guns were turned in. [@BilalQayyumq]

• There’s a “Please Put The Guns Down Clean Comedy Show” scheduled for August 1 at The Met. [Eventbrite]

• Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw will join a prayer walk Thursday in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. [@PPDChapFrank]

• Philadelphia has a new Stop the Violence Football League. [Facebook]


• Philadelphia D.A. Larry Krasner amounted a third round of violence prevention grants to community-based groups, now totaling $242,000 since May. [Medium]


• “Instead of shying away from the homicide conversation, I’d love to see the left take ownership of it.” [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Widening the lens

• Last week, PCGVR Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard moderated an esteemed panel discussing gun violence, public health and the media as part of the “Enough is Enough” teach-in series from Community College of Philadelphia. [PCGVR]


• “There are no signs that the 2020 rise of gun violence is reversing in 2021.” [@patrick_sharkey]


• Having more people locked up for gun crimes in Cook County (IL) has not resulted in less violence. [CBS Chicago]


• Temple Criminal Justice Prof. Caterina Roman says “You Can Reduce Violence But Harm People.” []

This is your country on guns

An eight-year-old girl in Washington felt “kind of prepared” for the gunfire at the Nationals game Saturday night. [@JessArnoldTV]

Solution of the Week

• Guns should be stored locked and unloaded and ammunition should be stored in a different locked location. [Center for American Progress]

Reporting tips

• There’s a new guide on how to report on victims compensation in your state. [The Trace]

New channel

• You can now subscribe to get this weekly Gun Violence and Prevention Report delivered to you via email every Wednesday. [Revue]

Replicate this

• Partners in four cities are now working on the possible expansion of the Credible Messenger Reporting Project. [PCGVR]