Philadelphia hits grim record of 500 homicides
as pedestrians walk down a sidewalk near a South Philadelphia intersection packed with apartments and businesses.
The city witnessed its500th homicide of 2021 on Wednesday, matching a record set in 1990 , according to police data.
A man enters the screen, pursuing the woman around an olive Jeep, extends his weapon and fires five shots.
Police believe the incident is domestic, and the shooter is being asked to turn himself in, Philadelphia police Inspector D.F.
NOW: "I'm not an emotional person... but PLEASE stop killing each other.
"— #Philadelphia City Council president @Darrell_Clarke making a plea alongside other city leaders.
Calling for an end to the violence as the city nears 500 homicides.
@6abc pic.twitter.com/NfNeIfUpkv — TaRhonda Thomas (@TaRhondaThomas) November 24, 2021The shooting came just days after another suspected domestic incident rocked the city.
Stop killing our community please," City Council President Darrell Clarke said at a Wednesday news conference"There is a better way.
She acknowledged that even though homicides have been trending downward since the beginning of the year, the violence remains unacceptable.
But Councilwoman Kenyatta Johnson pointed out in a statement the city is also on track for 550 homicides and 2,300 shooting victims.
"Quite simply, our community members are drowning, and we do not have life preservers to go around," he said.