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If there’s going to be any sort of rivalry between Philadelphia and Baltimore it should involve the Eagles and the Ravens, not who can run up the highest body count. All joking aside, since this is obviously no laughing matter, things are getting seriously bad in the City of Brotherly Love. We’re only halfway through the first month of 2020 and Philadelphia was averaging more than a murder per day as of Tuesday. (CBS Philadelphia)
After a violent weekend and another shooting on Monday, the homicide rate in Philadelphia soars to 15, making the number of killings more than the number of days into the new year. There were eight homicides in less than 48 hours as a violent weekend was met with yet another homicide when a 19-year-old was killed in West Oak Lane before noon Monday.
“What we are doing now is investigating shootings and homicides. We have our community crisis people in the neighborhoods, trying to get an idea of what is going on and to stop retaliation,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.
“At the end of the day it comes down to folks feel, like I do, who have had enough,” Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said.
What’s truly alarming is the brazen nature of many of the killings that appear to be gang-related. They’re taking place out on the streets in broad daylight, producing collateral damage as they go. This includes an 18-month-old little boy whose head was grazed by a bullet earlier this week. Had he move only an inch or so he would have been dead.
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