Philadelphia sets bleak record with 500 murders as leaders assert victims are more than numbers

The city has seen The 500th murder in 2021 on Wednesday, Matching the record set in 1990According to police data. It’s an average of one murder every 16 hours this year.
In the Video broadcast by CNN affiliate WPVI, two pedestrians walk down the street at about 4:30 p.m. ET as the 55-year-old woman runs towards them asking for help. One of the pedestrian bolts. A man enters the screen, chases the woman around an olive jeep, reaches out his weapon and fires five shots.

Three of them hit the woman in the chest. The alleged shooter was later seen walking down the street. The subsidiary stated that the woman was declared dead in hospital.

Police believe the incident is local, and are asking the shooter to turn himself in, Philadelphia Police Inspector DF Pace told WPVI.

“We can’t simply say that because the 500 is more special than any of the 499 that came before it,” Pace said. “Each is a life. Everyone has a family.”

The shooting came only days After another suspected domestic accident The city shook. Jessica Covington, a 32-year-old pregnant woman, was shot in the head and at least 11 times in the abdomen as the mother unloaded gifts from her baby shower, Police reported CNN affiliate KYW.
“Please stop shooting each other. Stop killing our community please,” City Council President Daryl Clark He said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“There is a better way,” he said. “We put $155 million on the street with community groups, right? We have jobs available. We have comprehensive services available.” “The message is to all those who find themselves in a level of desperation where they believe there is no other way, or to find themselves in any mindset that would make you shoot a pregnant woman. Think about it man. Don we are not going to continue this activity because it is killing our communities.”

He described the scourge of murder in the city as “an unreasonable loss of life that is almost unaffordable”, Police Commissioner Daniel Outlaw stated to the community that there is a fixed reward of $20,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions in any murder.

She acknowledged that although homicides have been on a downward trend since the beginning of the year, violence remains unacceptable.

“These victims are much more than a number,” she said. “It’s not about when we get to 200, 300, 500, 600. These are people. These victims are brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, nieces, sons, educators, team members, colleagues, many of them children. Their lives were tragically cut short, their lives left a void in the hearts of their families and their absence left a profound impact on our society.”

The numbers are a microcosm of “a disturbing nationwide trend,” Mayor Jim Kenny said in a statementHe promotes the city’s multi-million dollar investments to reduce violence.
Homicide numbers in the United States continued to rise in the first three quarters of 2021, but at a slower pace, one year after the Record increase in murders that followed The murder of George FloydAccording to the Criminal Justice Council.
The rise in violent crimes came in the name of covid-19 pandemic It swept the country, millions of people protested against racial injustice, police brutality and economy collapsed under the weight of the epidemic.

Kenny said Philadelphia police are working to target “specific networks in multiple areas” and are on track to remove 6,000 firearms from the streets, a 40% increase from 2019.

But councilwoman Kenyatta Johnson noted in a statement that the city was also on track, with 550 murders and 2,300 shooting victims.

“Quite simply, members of our community are drowning, and we have no life preservers to look at,” he said. “This is a crisis of epic proportions. It is a moral crisis. It is an economic crisis. It is a crisis of racial justice. It is a humanitarian crisis. It is time to act boldly and urgently.”

CNN’s Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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