Philadelphia marks the 500th homicide in 2021 after a woman was killed shot

Philadelphia hit a dismal milestone Wednesday as the city saw its 500th spot drab of the year, one that has plagued several cities with rising levels of violence after years of relative peace.

The latest killing involved a 55-year-old woman found by police officers shot several times around 4.30pm on Wednesday. She later died at a hospital.

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Philadelphia police responded to several reports of shootings on a Monday night in July.  The city experienced its 500th homicide on Wednesday, a record not seen in decades.

Philadelphia police responded to several reports of shootings on a Monday night in July. The city experienced its 500th homicide on Wednesday, a record not seen in decades.
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“Every single kill brings 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 really understand,” said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. in a statement.

Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, blamed the increase in violence on the flow of illegal weapons into the city and reprimanded state lawmakers for not doing enough to pass tighter gun laws.

“The amount of weapons circulating in our community is record high,” he said as he was surrounded by city leaders and community members at a Wednesday news conference. “[Crime guns] join a sea of ‚Äč‚Äčillegal 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.  (Photo by Mark Makela / Getty Images)

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. (Photo by Mark Makela / Getty Images)

“It’s all about greed. There are people who make money selling these weapons, and the legislature, not the people behind me, do not care,” he added. “They don’t care how many people are killed. It’s ridiculous.”

Wednesday’s shooting came days after a 24-year-old woman was shot in front of her young children. Sykea Patton was shot several times by his ex-girlfriend on November 19, police said.

Another shooting cost one pregnant woman coming home from a baby shower Saturday. Wednesday’s killing marked the deadliest year for the city since 1990, Fox affiliate WTXF-TV reported.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks during a Wednesday press conference after announcing the city's 500th homicide this year.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks during a Wednesday press conference after announcing the city’s 500th homicide this year.
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Outlaw noted that despite the increase in homicides, homicides are on the decline as the city hovered around a 40% increase earlier in the year. That number is down to a 13% increase in homicides, she said.

“Of course this is not something to celebrate,” she said. “What we do is work, but we have to do more.”

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