While crime declined overall in many cities at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, violent crime and murders are increasing across the country. Philadelphia’s 32% increase in murder was less than 10 other cities – Minneapolis rose 85% and Fort Wayne, Indiana, saw a 58% increase, according to data submitted by Outlaw.
New York took a narrow third place with a 29% increase to 227 murders.
According to police, the Philadelphia shootings have increased 36% this year.
Police data show nine of the shootings were fatal.
At the meeting, Outlaw said the main problems in combating gun violence are: existing rivalries between gangs and groups; Competition for territory to sell drugs; “Beefs” between individuals; and an increase in the likelihood of individuals carrying firearms.