Philadelphia hit a grim milestone Wednesday as town skilled its 500th homicide of the 12 months, one which has plagued a number of cities with rising ranges of violence following years of relative peace.
The newest killing concerned a 55-year-old woman discovered by cops shot a number of instances round 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. She later died at a hospital.
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“Each and every homicide carries with it a profound sense of loss. However, for our City to have reached such a tragic milestone – 500 lives cut short – it carries a weight that is almost impossible to truly comprehend,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw mentioned in an announcement.
Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, blamed the uptick in violence on the movement of unlawful weapons into town and chided state lawmakers for not doing sufficient to enact tighter gun legal guidelines.
“The volume of guns that are in circulation in our communities is at a record-high,” he mentioned whereas surrounded by metropolis leaders and neighborhood members at a Wednesday information convention. “[Crime guns] join a sea of illegal and legal guns that are accessible in the heat of the moment, turning what could have stayed an argument into a homicide.”
“It’s all about greed. There are people making money selling these guns and the Legislature, not the people behind me, don’t care,” he added. “They don’t care how many people get killed. It’s ridiculous.”
Wednesday’s taking pictures got here days after a 24-year-old woman was shot in entrance of her younger youngsters. Sykea Patton was shot a number of instances by her ex-boyfriend on Nov. 19, police mentioned.
Another taking pictures claimed the lifetime of a pregnant woman arriving dwelling from a child bathe Saturday. Wednesday’s killing marked the deadliest 12 months for town since 1990, Fox affiliate WTXF-TV reported.
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Outlaw famous that regardless of the rise in killings, homicides are trending downward as town was hovering round a 40% improve earlier in the 12 months. That quantity is right down to a 13% uptick in homicides, she mentioned.
“Of course this isn’t anything to celebrate,” she mentioned. “What we’re doing is working but we have to do more.”