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