SYDPHILADEFIEN – A 55-year-old woman has died after being shot several times in South Philly. The assassination marks the 500th homicide in Philadelphia during 2021, the deadliest year in the city since 1990.
Officers responded to the report of a shooting at the intersection between 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 initially listed in critical condition. She later succumbed to her injuries and died.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Police said they know who they are looking for and the shooting was domestic. There are several 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 over the scene at 7. and Jackson after a woman was found shot multiple times.
The number of homicides increased at the beginning of the year before the fatal incidents subsided towards the end of the summer. The tragic rise in deadly violence has included children, teenagers and a meaningful leap in crimes against women.
Recent killings involving women include lethal shooting of a 24-year-old woman who went with her children and also the fatal shooting of one pregnant woman returns home from her infant baptism.
The shooting follows a news conference at city and state officials discussed their frustration with the number of shootings in Philadelphia and how they hope to quell the violence.
“I am personally devastated and outraged that we lost 500 residents of Philadelphia, 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 that these meaningless deaths leave behind.”
Kenney, a Democrat, called for tighter gun laws to combat the scourge of gun deaths and crimes. The second-term mayor said the Philadelphia Police Department is expected to remove over 6,000 criminal weapons this year; an increase of 40% in two years.
“The amount of weapons in circulation in our community is record high,” Kenney said. “[Crime guns] join a sea of illegal and legitimate weapons available in the heat of the moment and turn what could have been a quarrel into a murder. ”
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said she issued the following statement in response to the grim milestone:
“Every single killing brings with it a deep sense of loss. But for our city to have reached such a tragic milestone – 500 lives shortened – it 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 top priority for the Philadelphia Police Department. We will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners and other stakeholders to tackle the violent crime plaguing our beautiful communities.We remain committed to proactively patrolling neighborhoods and encourage community members to continue working with the police.We can not regret what has already been done We will, however, continue to pursue any and all information that will bring justice and close to every victim and their families.I urge everyone with information to stand up and share this information with the police The lost lives are not unique to a single neighborhood or part of this city – it’s time for everyone to unite to become catalytic the catalyst for change in our society. “
Mayor Kenney also issued a statement Wednesday, in which it read in part: “I am devastated and outraged that we have lost 500 Philadelphia residents – including many children and teenagers – to unnecessary violence this year. I never stop thinking about the victims and their families and the incredible loss these meaningless deaths leave. When we close at the end of a year where we saw unprecedented levels of shootings and killings, part of a disturbing trend at the national level, I would like all residents to know that our administration takes this crisis very seriously, and we will continue to act quickly to reduce violence and save lives. “
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