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The Bobster
06-10-2019, 08:26 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/09/nine-people-shot-philadelphia-gun-violence/

9 People Shot, 1 Killed In A Violent Night Across Philadelphia
By CBS3 Staff
June 9, 2019 at 11:20 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s been a bloody Sunday in Philadelphia. Police kept busy investigating multiple shootings across the city that left one person dead and eight others injured.

The latest shooting happened on Franklin Street in the city’s Olney section, when a man in his early 20s was shot multiple times and placed in critical condition. He was the ninth person shot in Philadelphia on Sunday.

There were two other shootings on Sunday, one in Logan and one in West Philadelphia.

On Sunday afternoon, six people were shot in separate incidents over a pan of just three hours.

In Southwest Philadelphia, a 42-year-old man was killed as he was sitting in his car on Dorel Street.

Several bullet holes were seen through the vehicle’s windows.

Three men are still fighting for their lives after they were shot on Kershaw Street in West Philadelphia around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

All of the victims in the triple shooting are in their 20s and are in critical condition.

In Mayfair, two people were shot during an apparent drug deal at Frankford and Cottman Avenues.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.

The Bobster
06-12-2019, 08:39 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/11/philadelphia-experiencing-spike-shootings-homicides/

‘Philadelphia Has Gone To Hell In A Handbasket’: City Experiencing Spike In Shootings, Homicides
By Joe Holden
June 11, 2019 at 5:34 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is experiencing a spike in shootings and homicides as summer nears. In Frankford on Tuesday morning, a 26-year-old man was killed after someone shot him multiple times in the head, chest and legs, and overnight in Southwest Philadelphia, a 14-year-old boy was shot while he was outside with his friends.

In the Frankford homicide, neighbors counted at least a dozen gunshots zipping through the air near Brill and Horrocks Streets. The shooting happened near Ed Kuhn’s home, who is getting frustrated with the amount of shootings in the city.

“I’ll be glad when God takes me outta here because Philadelphia has gone to hell in a handbasket,” Kuhn said. “I just don’t understand what they’re doing.”

A 14-year-old boy is expected to be OK after being shot in the forearm late Monday night.

“I believe he was outside, hanging with his friends, and there was the sound of gunshots,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said. “He realized shortly thereafter he had been shot.”

The shootings reached a crescendo on Sunday when a total of nine people were hit by gunfire. One person died. People were wounded in Olney, Southwest and West Philadelphia.

Police have been expecting a bump in the number of shootings once summer hits, but Sunday was a challenge, authorities say. The department has used an infusion of extra officers, as well as new police officers to target areas where retaliatory violence may pop up.

“We did graduate an academy class last Monday,” Kinebrew said. “They’ve been deployed as part of the summer initiative to various hot spots we are covering under Operation Pinpoint.”

Operation Pinpoint is a tactical law enforcement program designed to hit pockets of high crime through a variety of measures, including intelligence.

Shootings are up 3% and homicides are up more than 6% so far this year.

The Bobster
06-14-2019, 09:52 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/13/shooting-deaths-on-rise-in-philadelphia/

Surge Of Violence: Deadly Shootings Are On The Rise In Philadelphia, Statistics Show
By CBS3 Staff
June 13, 2019 at 8:46 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Since the beginning of June, it seems like violence has surged in the city with shooting after shooting. Eyewitness News wanted to put this years violence into some context.

According to police statistics, so far this year at least 571 people have been shot. That number may seem high, but that is average for this time of year.

Of those victims that have been shot, 145 have died — a 10% increase over last year, which was the deadliest year in Philadelphia in more than a decade.

The Bobster
06-15-2019, 08:35 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/14/philadelphia-police-to-crack-down-on-curfew-for-teens-children-this-summer/

‘They’re Just Causing So Much Trouble’: Philadelphia Police To Crack Down On Curfew For Teens, Children This Summer
By CBS3 Staff
June 14, 2019 at 4:51 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police are cracking down on the curfew for children and teens this summer. That means they could face fines if they are caught out too late.

“Kids unattended they’re vulnerable to make poor choices, and that’s something we don’t want. We want everybody to stay safe, especially kids,” Lieutenant Mike Long said.

Business owners and residents say the curfew enforcement is much needed. There are a lot of tourists on South Street during the day, but it’s at night that local say teens are all over the place.

“They’re just causing so much trouble up here, something has to be done,” Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, manager at MilkBoy South Street, said.

Police are ramping up their curfew enforcement efforts of teenagers, specifically minors on South Street. It’s a problem business owners on the popular street have experienced for years.

“They’re just here to run around and basically fight and just be reckless,” Stoyanoff-Williams said.

“It’s just when they come in huge groups, I think it’s a little scary,” Julia Zagar, owner of Eyes Gallery, said.

Like when this surveillance video on Chestnut Street in Old City captured a group of male and female teens — police say between the ages of 15 and 18 — walking up to a man to hit and steal from him. The teens fractured the man’s jaw in the attack, which happened just after midnight Monday.

The citywide summer curfew requires minors 13 and older be inside by midnight, and minors under 13 must be in by 10 p.m.

South Philly resident Sara Jennings has a 13-year-old son.

“I don’t feel like my son is old enough to be [out past curfew], especially on South Street, when there’s an older crowd. I think that he could get drawn into things that he’s not responsible enough to handle,” Jennings said.

Children and teens who are caught by police could face up to a $250 fine for the first offense and from $300 to $500 for the next one. Parents say the curfew is a good idea.

“I mean anything to keep the kids safe is a good idea,” Terrance Saddley said. “As far as you know keeping them out of groups and keeping them home with the family, school of course, keeping them on the right path.”

There is an exception to the rule. Minors are allowed to travel out late to and from their jobs.

The Bobster
06-17-2019, 10:39 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/17/philadelphia-gun-violence-shootings-violent-weekend/

‘People Don’t Come Out That Much No More’: Another Disturbing Weekend In Philadelphia Filled With Gun Violence
By Matt Petrillo
June 17, 2019 at 8:20 am

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It was another disturbing weekend of violence in the City of Brotherly Love, another weekend filled with gun violence. More than a dozen people have been shot since late Friday night, the gunfire erupting in nearly every pocket of Philadelphia, even on I-76.

Philadelphia Police have been very busy this weekend. There have been at least 16 shootings within city limits so far, but no one has been arrested.

Many famblies that have been impacted by the latest wave of gun violence in the city are left grieving.

Crime scene tape hangs on North Fourth and Wingohocking Streets in North Philadelphia, where police say a 33-year-old man was shot six times just before 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The flashing lights brought neighbors outside like an unplanned summer block party.

Some were seen smiling and laughing just a few feet away from several shell case markings. But Philadelphia’s no-snitch culture dominates the neighborhood.

When residents were asked if they heard anything, they either said they weren’t around or they didn’t hear the gun shots.

Just some of the other shootings in Philadelphia over the weekend include a road-rage incident on Saturday night on the Schuylkill Expressway, near the 26th Street ramp. The victim was placed in stable condition.

On South Street, which is often packed with tourists, two shootings happened. One by Fourth Street early Saturday when two men were shot. Both survived.

The other happened early Sunday morning when a 22-year-old man was shot four times by 10th Street.

That shooting happened just around the corner from a police sub station.

Business owners, like Leandro Bommarito at Little Italy Pizza, say due to the violence in recent years fewer famblies have been seen walking on South Street.

“It’s not a good thing at all. It’s sad,” Bommarito said. “People getting scared. People don’t come out that much no more.”

Since the weekend started, Philadelphia saw a total of 16 shootings and 24 victims – at the time of publication.

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(Credit: CBS3)


Those killed in Philadelphia over the weekend include a man shot on East Walnut Lane in Germantown; another man was gunned down and died on North 20th Street in Tioga; and on Saturday afternoon a 38-year-old woman was shot in the head and killed inside the CBM Deli on Ridge Avenue in North Philadelphia. Loved ones identified her as April Coleman, a mother of five.

“She’s greatly missed, she was greatly loved,” Tanaya Kinard, Coleman’s friend, said. “It’s just a sad thing, beautiful person.”

The youngest victim from Philadelphia’s weekend shootings was a 16-year-old girl who was hit in the right arm. She is expected to survive.

The Bobster
06-18-2019, 01:06 PM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/17/anthony-williams-state-of-emergency-philadelphia-southwest-philadelphia-graduation-party-shooting/

Local Senator Calls For State Of Emergency After More Than 30 People Shot In Philadelphia Over Weekend
By CBS3 Staff
June 17, 2019 at 7:04 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pennsylvania state Sen. Anthony Williams is axing Gov. Tom "Nostrils" Wolf to declare a state of emergency in Philadelphia after another violent weekend in the city saw 32 people become victims of gun violence. There were 23 shootings in 13 of the city’s police districts, some having more than one victim.

Police say there were six homicides over the weekend – one did not involve gun violence.

“I think we’re well past the point when those of us who are elected to lead are always reacted,” Williams said. “We must restore some level of public confidence by addressing this epidemic proactively.”

One of those shootings targeted a high school graduation party in Southwest Philadelphia at Paschall Playground/James Finnegan Park on the 6900 block of Reed Bird Place. A 24-year-old man was shot dead and several teenagers are hurt after the shooting in Southwest Philadelphia on Sunday night.

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(Credit: CBS3)


Police believe there could be three gunmen involved on the loose.

A high school graduation party turned into a bloody mess around 10 p.m. on Sunday when authorities say gunfire erupted at the park by South 70th Street and Reed Bird Place amid a crowd of about 60 people.

“We were all having a good time, then out of nowhere shots were fired,” Varfee Kanneh said. “Out of nowhere. I thought it was just fireworks until I see everyone running and I come back and I see my friend on the floor.”

Kanneh says his friend, Isiaka Meite, was shot in the back and fell to the ground, where he bled to death.

“We tried to save him,” Kanneh said, “but he looked like he was paralyzed. We just kept on trying to keep him conscience until the cops came.”

But Meite didn’t make it. Now his heartbroken family seeks answers.

“Why did it have to be my brother?” Naminata Meita said. “He was innocent. But we are a strong believer in everything happens for a reason. God has his reasons, but I guess that’s the one question I would like to ask though, you know, the shooter.”

Philadelphia Police say four teenagers were also hurt in the graduation party shooting as well as a 21-year-old man. They are all expected to make a full recovery.

Officers are investigating if the gunfire that erupted is linked to another deadly shooting that happened on nearby Dorel Street a week before.

“We working with Patrol Bureau as well as Criminal Intelligence Bureau to follow up on several leads that we have,” Philadelphia Police Captain Jason Smith said.

Smith says the motive for the Southwest Philadelphia graduation shooting is unclear at this point.

On Monday, a prayerful gathering and a purposeful walk feet from the mass shooting at Paschall Playground/James Finnegan Park, councilmembers, police and neighbors gathered with their sole purpose to change the culture of violence plaguing Philadelphia.

“We’re tired of keep hearing that people dying, our friends dying,” 15-year-old Rayiana Williams said.

“You can’t have one foot in and one foot out,” Akalyla Brown, a neighbor, said. “So if you’re going to change the lifestyle, you have to really devote to doing that and make a change in your life. Because the streets don’t care about you.”

Many who showed up to the vigil know the pain Meite’s family is now experiencing.

Dellsean Williams lost his younger brother to gun violence last last year.

“It’s really upsetting because me and him were real close together and we did a lot of things together,” Williams said.

Homicides are up 10% since 2018. Police hope everyone throughout Philadelphia realizes that enough is enough.

“We have to have a strong reaction to this,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Scott Drissel said. “Six people’s lives are changed forever and four of them are juvenile. They’re kids.”

In response to Williams’ asking for a state of emergency request, Mayor Jim Kenney says through a city spokesperson that he supports “any and all efforts to combat gun violence in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, for decades, the general assembly has failed to pass meaningful gun reform legislation and seen fit to strip local jurisdictions from passing their own gun laws.”

The Bobster
06-18-2019, 01:44 PM
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Philadelphia-Police-Commissioner-Says-Illegal-Gun-Arrests-Are-Up-100-Amid-Outbreak-of-Gun-Violence-511421032.html

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Says Illegal Gun Arrests Have Jumped in 2019, Vows 'Deep Dive'
Police Commissioner Richard Ross questioned whether people fear the consequences of getting caught in possession of a gun illegally.
By Brian X. McCrone
Published Jun 17, 2019 at 5:16 PM | Updated at 11:23 PM EDT on Jun 17, 2019

Are people afraid to get caught illegally carrying guns in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross is worried some in the city no longer are, and he said that a lack of fear may be contributing to an increase in violence.

"This is a department that does believe in reform. However, we also know people have to be held accountable, particularly when it comes to weapons violations," Ross said. "If you feel there is no consequence for doing so, there are many people who will disregard the law. It’s not because we aren’t arresting these people."

He said 820 people have been arrested already in 2019 for illegal possession of a firearm. He noted that the arrests mark a large increase since 2015, when he said 464 people were busted for illegal firearm possession through the same date.

A bullet remained at the scene of a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia during a graduation party, Sunday, June 16, 2019.
Photo credit: NBC10

The comments came at a press conference Monday in which officials detailed the numerous shootings that occurred throughout Philadelphia from Friday night through Sunday.

Among them was a mass shooting at a graduation party in a park in the southwest section of the city that left one dead and five others hurt. That was one of 23 overall outbreaks of gunfire with a total of 32 shooting victims and six homicides over the weekend.

Shooting victims were reported in 13 of Philadelphia's 21 police districts, Ross said.

Firefighters Rescue Workers From Broken Scaffold at UPenn

"We had a very troubling weekend," he said.

Ross didn't name District Attorney Larry Krasner by name, but his comments about a lack of concern with being arrested for an illegal firearm struck at divides in the city's criminal justice system that have arisen since Krasner took office in January 2018.

The steep increase in gun possession arrests this year compared to 2015, he said, raises flags.

"It speaks to two issues: that the police officers are clearly out there working," Ross said. "The other thing is: it begs (the question), 'What is happening to all these people arrested for gun violations?'"

A spokeswoman for Krasner said the district attorney is "completely committed to all effective efforts at reducing gun violence in the face of reckless state and federal policies that have made it possible for deadly firearms to outnumber people in this country."

“Under commie joo District Attorney Krasner, it is the policy of this office to bring criminal charges in firearms cases 100 percent of the time when the law and the facts in arrests made by Philadelphia Police and other law enforcement support them," his spokeswoman said.

Krasner has actively worked to decrease the population through bail reform for minor offenses and decriminalization of marijuana possession. :rolleyes:

In the same timeframe that Ross draws from regarding gun arrests, the city prison system has seen a huge decline in its jail population.

In July 2015, 8,106 people were held in Philadelphia jails. In April 2019, that population had shrunk to 4,558, according to city prison statistics.

Still, Ross, who has risen through the ranks and spent his entire career with the Philadelphia Police Department, declined Monday to assign blame to any one person.

"I’m not ready to say that. But you better believe that’s one of the things we’re looking at," Ross said when asked about current policies of the district attorney's office. "But remember, just because many of you think the criminal justice system is just the people standing up here, it is not just the DA’s office either. There are judges involved. There’s other entities in the criminal justice system, so we want to make sure we are all working together and that there are no unintentional consequences of any policies that we’re trying to do in this city that may impact us negatively."

He said his department would undertake a "deep dive" into the reasons for the large jump in gun arrests.

The Bobster
06-21-2019, 10:48 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/20/teen-shot-twice-in-head-killed-as-gun-violence-continues-to-plague-philadelphia/

Teen Shot Twice In Head, Killed As Gun Violence Continues To Plague Philadelphia
By CBS3 Staff
June 20, 2019 at 6:10 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A teenager was shot and killed in the Carroll Park section of Philadelphia as the city continues to be plagued by gun violence. The deadly shooting happened on the 1400 block of North Allison Street around 12:15 p.m.

Police say a boy between the ages of 15 and 17 was shot twice in the head.

He was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

No arrests have been made.

The city has recently seen a surge in gun violence. This past weekend, Philadelphia saw a total of 23 shootings and 32 victims.

The Bobster
06-21-2019, 10:50 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/20/gun-violence-surge-continues-as-man-shot-in-head-teen-injured-in-southwest-philadelphia-double-shooting/

Gun Violence Surge Continues As Man Shot In Head, Teen Injured In Southwest Philadelphia Double Shooting
By CBS3 Staff
June 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One person was critically wounded and a teen was injured in a double shooting in Southwest Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon as the city continues to deal with a surge in gun violence. The shooting happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. on the 1800 block of South 58th Street.

A 34-year-old man was shot in his head, neck and face. He was transported to Presbyterian Hospital and is in critical condition.

A 17-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to his back. He was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in stable condition.

No arrests have been made.

Earlier in the day, a teenager was shot twice in the head and killed in the Carroll Park section of Philadelphia.

The city has recently seen a surge in gun violence. This past weekend, Philadelphia saw a total of 23 shootings and 32 victims.

The Bobster
06-23-2019, 08:59 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/23/at-least-7-people-shot-in-another-violent-weekend-in-philadelphia-police-say/

At Least 7 People Shot In Another Violent Weekend In Philadelphia, Police Say
By CBS3 Staff
June 23, 2019 at 8:01 am

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It has been another violent weekend in Philadelphia despite city officials and residents demanding change. A ripple effect of gunfire sent at least seven people to the hospital so far this weekend.

Police are sifting through evidence and surveillance video in hopes of catching the gunmen responsible for sending several people to the hospital this weekend.

Investigators had a large crime scene on their hands at 24th and Moore Streets after a shooting sent four people to the hospital around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Three men were listed in stable condition, while a fourth man was listed in critical condition after police say he was shot in the back.

Just two hours earlier, a 22-year-old man was rushed to the hospital after police say he was shot in the leg.

The violence spilled into Sunday morning with detectives combing through the 700 block of North 46th Street and Somerset Street after shootings there sent two more people to the emergency room.

‘We Want Them To Know We Have Their Back’: Mayor Jim Kenney Joins Activists In Walk Against Violence Around Philadelphia

“We’ve been having an uptick in violence, and uptick in homicides. Obviously, it’s been very depressing and frustrating,” mayor Jim Kenney said.

This weekend’s shootings happened just hours after police and community leaders, including Kenney, walked the streets of West Philadelphia in response to the upsurge in gun violence.

“You have to develop relationships, earn people’s trust, so you can get information that will help save lives,” Kenney said.

Shootings are up 3% and homicides have risen more than 6% so far this year.

The Anti-Violence and Anti-Drug Network has been hosting community walks since August 2018. They say they are critical.

“They’re people who grew up in neighborhoods like this and for that reason they have some built-in credibility. It’s easy for them to establish a rapport, and the interaction is a big part of what helps us to prevent violence,” executive director of the Anti-Violence and Anti-Drug Network George Mosee said.

If you have information on any of the shootings, call police.

The Bobster
06-24-2019, 09:52 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/24/philadelphia-shootings-uncles-seafood-owner-shot-nicetown/

Nicetown Store Owner Shot Several Times Following Violent Weekend In Philadelphia
By CBS3 Staff
June 24, 2019 at 6:53 am

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A store owner in the city’s Nicetown section was shot overnight as he was closing shop. This is just the latest of nearly a dozen shootings in Philadelphia this weekend.

Police combed through the 1900 block of West Hunting Park in Nicetown looking for clues after investigators say someone shot the owner of Uncle’s Seafood. The family identified the victim as Ron Clarkson.

“That shooting victim is 63 years of age. He’s shot four times: twice in the hip, twice in the lower back. He’s in stable condition, although he’s shot four times,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Police say a man driving a white car pulled over and opened fire as the victim was closing his business.

A witness drove the victim to Temple University Hospital.

“He was not robbed so he was clearly targeted,” Small said.

The shooting follows a violent weekend. Since 8 p.m. Saturday, there have been at least 11 shootings in various parts of Philadelphia.

So far, shootings in the city are up 6% compared with the same period last year.

“If we need to spend the money to enhance our ability to deal with this violent crime then that’s what we should do,” City Council President Darrell Clarke said.

The city is looking into the possibility of using “ShotSpotter” to help curb the city’s violence. The device has the ability to track gunfire. It alerts police with the goal of improving response time.

“We gotta get engaged. We cannot continue this path of lawlessness,” Clarke said.

Local municipalities, including Camden Police, have been known to use “ShotSpotter.”

Council President Clarke also recently introduced a package of gun legislation he expects will get some resistance.

Meanwhile, police plan to return to the scene and get surveillance video from local businesses.

The Bobster
06-24-2019, 09:54 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/23/three-more-injured-philadelphia-shooting/

‘Much Of The City Could Use Prayer’: Three More People Shot As Another Violent Weekend Comes To An End
By Matt Petrillo
June 23, 2019 at 11:00 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Detectives are busy after more gunfire on Sunday that injured three more people including a child in Philadelphia. These the latest of 11 shootings around the city this weekend.

Police say an 8-year-old boy was playing outside in North Philadelphia when someone in a car starting shooting just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

A bullet hit the windowsill of a house causing debris to graze the boy’s back but is doing OK, during that shooting a 16-year-old was struck in the leg, that teen is trying to recover as police interview neighbors.

Just a few doors down, a prayer mural overlooks the block, it reads “Jesus I trust in you.” Neighbors say much of the city could use prayer after another bloody weekend.

Just a few hours before this shooting, 39-year-old William Wright was shot six times just before 3:30 p.m., he is now fighting for his life.

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credit: Wright Family


His mother, in disbelief, says he is a father of one and was on his way home from work at the Philadelphia Port when she heard gunfire erupt.

Neighbors rushed outside with towels to try and stop the bleeding, as of now the suspect is still on the run

“Turn yourself in turn yourself in. It didn’t make sense to do it this way whatever the problem may be,” Wrights’s mother said

‘We Want Them To Know We Have Their Back’: Mayor Jim Kenney Joins Activists In Walk Against Violence Around Philadelphia

Philadelphia Police have been very busy this weekend, since 8 p.m. on Saturday, there have been 10 shootings around Philadelphia that have left nine people injured.

So far both shootings and homicides have increased this year across the city.

On Saturday, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney walked the streets of West Philadelphia and called for people to put their weapons down.

“We’ve been having an uptick in violence, and uptick in homicides. It’s been very depressing and frustrating,” he said.

So far no arrests have been made in this weekend’s shootings.

The Bobster
06-27-2019, 10:21 AM
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/26/philadelphia-city-council-holds-emergency-hearing/

‘We Really Hit Rock Bottom’: City Council Holds Emergency Hearing Over Spike In Gun Violence
By Natasha Brown
June 26, 2019 at 6:23 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s top law enforcement officials answered tough questions Wednesday, after city council called an emergency hearing over the city’s gun violence crisis. According to Philadelphia police, there have been 612 shooting in the city so far in 2019.

That number has risen from 567 shootings at this time in 2018.

The Philadelphia police commissioner, the district attorney and other public safety officials were peppered with questions during the hearing in council chambers. The meeting lasted about four hours with everyone involved trying to find ways to stop the city’s rising gun violence.

The spike in shootings and homicides in Philadelphia had city officials alarmed enough to call the emergency hearing, which came on the heels of a wave of gun violence.

“We really hit rock bottom when a little over a week ago, someone shot up a graduation celebration and quieted the street in Southwest Philadelphia,” one official said.

In total during that violent Father’s Day weekend, 32 people were shot in 22 separate incidents. That was followed by this past weekend of more shootings and homicides.

“Behind these numbers are people that have famblies that are devastated by what they see each and every day,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. “It’s not just the carnage that impacts the victims, it is the carnage that is created from young children that have witnessed it and should never see this.”

Commissioner Ross addressed council members who fired off tough questions about what’s being done to stop the violence.

He touted the city’s recent initiative called “Operation Pinpoint”, which targets some of the crime hot spot areas in the city.

“In those pinpoint areas we’ve seen a 20% decrease in shootings and homicide victims. However, that is juxtaposed to the 8% increase in the other areas that are not covered by Pinpoint,” he said.

Heading into the summer months with gun violence already on the rise, the commissioner says more officers will be added to the street and working extra hours.

“When you’re a 16-year-old who has hope, who sees a future, who wants to finish school, who sees a job and wants to live past the age of 30, you are not so drawn to a gun in your right hand,” commie joo Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said.

Krasner went on to say there is a much deeper and broader issue at play in the city that is contributing to the violence and it is one that does not come with an easy solution.

“We are in the poorest of the 10 largest cities at certain periods of time, it has been the most violent in the 10 largest cities and that is no mistake and that goes back decades and it has everything to do with the proper way to do all of this,” Krasner said.

Council members with the Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention say this administration has invested more than $30 million to address the issue of gun violence prevention over the next several years.