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The Bobster
01-02-2018, 08:51 AM
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Killings-in-Philadelphia-Reach-5-Year-High-467525563.html

Killings in Philadelphia Reach 5-Year High
Published at 8:59 AM EST on Jan 1, 2018

Philadelphia finished 2017 with more homicides than it's had since 2012.

The most up-to-date police records show 314 people had been killed in the city as of Friday, a 13 percent increase from the same period last year and the highest number since 331 homicides were reported in 2012.

Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew blamed violence related to the opioid crisis.

"With the increase in demand of these opioids, there's also territorial battles," he said.

Neighborhoods where drugs are sold are the same places where the department is logging many of the killings, Kinebrew said, adding that crews "use violence means to accomplish their economics goals."

"It's a very small minority committing most of the havoc," he said.

The homicide rise does, however, come as Philadelphia is experiencing decreases in reports of shootings, rapes and gun robberies, leading experts to caution against attributing a specific reason to the higher number of killings.

"I don't really think we have a clear sense yet of what could account for increase in deaths relative to trending downward of other crime," said Jordan Hyatt, an assistant professor in the criminology and justice studies department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He said opioid-related violence could be a reason for the jump but maintained that it's too early to determine a cause.

Kinebrew said the department will have 370 new police officers on the street by September. Having more officers in problem areas will act as a violence deterrent, he said.

Information is also an important tool in preventing deaths, he said. If police know about gang affiliations it can leave them better prepared to predict retaliatory violence between crews and "thwart the next wave of violence," Kinebrew said.

The Bobster
02-12-2018, 07:36 AM
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Four-Dead-More-Wounded-in-Violent-Weekend-in-Philadelphia-473736133.html

Four Dead, More Wounded in Violent Weekend in Philadelphia
Published at 4:19 PM EST on Feb 11, 2018 | Updated 36 minutes ago

UPDATE Feb. 12, 2018: Philadelphia police have identified one of the victims killed over the weekend in Southwest Philly. Tafari Lawrence, 23, from Upper Darby was shot in the neck, torso and leg. He was found lying next to a green Volvo.

Police in Philadelphia say three men have been shot to death in a violent weekend in the city, while another was found dead with a gunshot wound and several people were injured.

A triple shooting in Southwest Philadelphia Sunday killed one person and injured two others. Police got the first call just before 2 p.m., and when they responded to 75th Street and Elmwood Avenue, they found a 23-year-old man who had been shot in the neck, torso and leg lying next to a green 2006 Volvo.

Another man, 24, had been shot in the buttocks. Both were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where the first victim was pronounced dead and the second treated and released.

A third victim, 21, came to the same hospital a little later with gunshot wounds to the right thigh and calf. His condition was not released.

Police are seeking two men wearing black clothing last seen driving eastbound in the rear driveway of 7400 Elmwood Avenue.

In other weekend violence, a 22-year-old man was found on a West Philadelphia street on Saturday night with gunshot wounds to the face and torso. Another 22-year-old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds shortly after midnight Saturday in Southwest Philadelphia. Both victims died.

Another man who appeared to be in his 30s and had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the upper thigh was found dead in a vacant lot in North Philadelphia.

Other shootings, including one in a West Philadelphia barber shop, wounded several people.