As of February 16th, Philadelphia had 71 homicides. A 42% increase over the same period in 2020. There have also been a total of 258 fatal and non-fatal gunshot victims, a 68% increase over the same period in 2020. On February 8th, Philadelphia had seven murders in one day. In 2020, Philadelphia had 499 homicides. The record for the city is 500 in 1990.
Wednesday afternoon, a gunman shot eight people at an intersection in front of SEPTA’s Olney Transportation Center. The area was full of pedestrians and has a heavy police presence. A 71-year-old man was hit multiple times and is fighting for his life. The other seven were hit once each and expected to survive. The youngest victim is a 17-year-old girl. Fortunately for the victims, the shooting occurred across the street from a hospital.
A black male suspect was tackled by plainclothes police officers a half-block away. They also recovered two guns and eighteen shell casings at the scene. There has been a large number of gang-related shootings in the vicinity recently. Police seem to think that this was gang-related, and they have not ruled out the possibility of a second shooter.
This website is tracking mass shootings in 2021. This is the second shooting with eight victims.
On January 3rd, two gunmen opened fire on a group of people playing basketball at Little River Park in Miami, FL. Eight people were shot, aged 16-27. Six were originally listed in critical condition, but all survived. On January 7th, police announced that no one was providing any information about the shooters and offered a $15k reward.
Police say the perpetrators were two black males, who were probably after a single person, but sprayed the whole court with bullets. Only one of the victims was identified in the media. He is a black male.
Many of the mass shootings occurring, even ones with a large number of fatalities, are receiving shockingly little coverage in the press.
Philadelphia’s homicide problem seems to be exacerbated by the election of “progressive” District Attorney Larry Krasner, whose campaign was heavily funded by George Soros. Krasner has made it his mission to reduce the number of people in custody. This is having terrible consequences for the city.
BREAKING: The moment shots are fired at Broad and Olney. We don’t see the shooter, but you can see people on the sidewalk running for safety. 7 people were shot. @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/BbjPLvBDEV
— Aaron Baskerville (@ABaskerville10) February 17, 2021