While crime in general declined in many cities at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, violent crime and murder were growing sharply across the country. The number of homicides increased by 32% in Philadelphia was smaller than in 10 other cities – Minneapolis up 85% and Fort Wayne, Indiana, up 58%, according to Outlaw data presented.
New York came in third place, with a 29% increase to 227 homicides.
Shooting shoots are up 36% in Philadelphia this year, according to police data.
Police data showed that nine of the shootings were fatal.
During the meeting, Outlaw said the top issues driving gun violence include: existing competition between gangs and groups; scrambling for territory to sell drugs; “Beef” between individuals; and increase the ability of individuals to carry guns.