Philadelphia marks 500th homicide in 2021 after woman is shot dead

A 55-year-old woman died after being shot multiple times in South Philadelphia. The murder marks the 500th homicide in Philadelphia during 2021, which is the city’s deadliest year since 1990.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of 7th and Jackson around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to authorities, the woman was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. She was rushed to Jefferson and was initially in critical condition. He later succumbed to his injuries and died.

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An investigation into the shooting is underway. Police said they know who they are looking for and that the shooting was domestic. There are numerous cameras near the incident and police believe the video will shed light on the investigation. Authorities said the victim and the assailant lived on the same block.

SKYFOX on the scene at 7th and Jackson after they found a woman shot multiple times.

Homicide numbers spiked at the beginning of the year before fatal incidents slowed towards the end of the summer. The tragic rise in deadly violence has included children, adolescents, and a significant increase in crimes against women.

The most recent homicides involving women include the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old woman walking with her children and also the fatal shot of a Pregnant woman coming home from her baby shower.

The shooting follows a news conference in which city and state officials they discussed their frustration with the number of shooting homicides in Philadelphia and how they hope to suppress the violence.

“Personally, I am heartbroken and outraged that we have lost 500 Philadelphians, including many of our children and teens, to unnecessary violence this year,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “I never stop thinking about the victims and their families and the incredible loss left behind by these senseless deaths.”

Kenney, a Democrat, called for tougher gun laws to combat the scourge of gun crime and deaths. The second-term mayor said the Philadelphia Police Department is expected to recall more than 6,000 firearms this year; a 40% increase in two years.

“The volume of guns that are in circulation in our communities is at a record high,” Kenney said. “[Crime guns] join a sea of ‚Äč‚Äčillegal and legal weapons that are accessible in the heat of the moment, turning what could have been an argument into a homicide. ”

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said she issued the following statement in response to the grim milestone:

“Each and every homicide carries a profound sense of loss. Yet that our City has reached such a tragic milestone – 500 lives interrupted – carries a weight that is almost impossible to truly understand.”

“There are not enough words to comfort our grieving families in their time of loss. However, I want these families to know that seeking justice for their loved ones remains a priority for the Philadelphia Police Department. We will continue to work with our staff. local., state and federal partners and other stakeholders to stay ahead of the violent crime that is plaguing our beautiful communities. We remain committed to proactively patrolling neighborhoods and encouraging community members to continue to work alongside law enforcement. We cannot undo what has already been done, however, we will continue to seek all information that will bring justice and closure to each victim and their families. I urge anyone with information to come forward and share that information with the police. Lives lost do not are unique to one neighborhood or section of this city, it’s time for everyone to come together to conver become the catalyst for change in our communities. “

Mayor Kenney also released a statement Wednesday, reading in part: “I am heartbroken and outraged that we have lost 500 Philadelphians, including many children and adolescents, to unnecessary violence this year. I never stop thinking about the victims and their families, and the incredible loss these deaths without sense they leave behind.At the end of a year in which we saw unprecedented levels of shootings and homicides, part of a disturbing trend across the country, I want all residents to know that our administration takes this crisis very seriously and we continue to act urgently to reduce violence and save lives. “

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