Philadelphia hit a grim milestone Wednesday as the town skilled its 500th homicide of the yr, one which has plagued a number of cities with growing ranges of violence following years of relative peace. 

The newest killing concerned a 55-year-old woman discovered by cops shot a number of instances round 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. She later died at a hospital. 

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

Philadelphia police responded to a number of experiences of shootings on a Monday night time in July. The metropolis skilled its 500th homicide Wednesday, a file not seen in a long time.  
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“Each and every homicide carries with it a profound sense of loss. However, for our City to have reached such a tragic milestone – 500 lives cut short – it carries a weight that is almost impossible to truly comprehend,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw mentioned in an announcement. 

Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, blamed the uptick in violence on the circulate of unlawful weapons into the town and chided state lawmakers for not doing sufficient to enact tighter gun legal guidelines. 

“The volume of guns that are in circulation in our communities is at a record-high,” he mentioned whereas surrounded by metropolis leaders and group members at a Wednesday news convention. “[Crime guns] join a sea of illegal and legal guns that are accessible in the heat of the moment, turning what could have stayed an argument into a homicide.” 

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 making money selling these guns and the Legislature, not the people behind me, don’t care,” he added. “They don’t care how many people get killed. It’s ridiculous.”

Wednesday’s taking pictures got here days after a 24-year-old woman was shot in entrance of her younger kids. Sykea Patton was shot a number of instances by her ex-boyfriend on Nov. 19, police mentioned. 

Another taking pictures claimed the lifetime of a pregnant woman arriving residence from a child bathe Saturday. Wednesday’s killing marked the deadliest yr for the town since 1990, Fox affiliate WTXF-TV reported. 

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

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks throughout a Wednesday news convention after asserting the town’s 500th homicide of the yr. 
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Outlaw famous that regardless of the rise in killings, homicides are trending downward as the town was hovering round a 40% enhance earlier in the yr. That quantity is all the way down to a 13% uptick in homicides, she mentioned. 

“Of course this isn’t anything to celebrate,” she mentioned. “What we’re doing is working but we have to do more.”