Shootings in Philadelphia: The Horrifying Statistics

An interactive website offers a unique view on gun violence in Philadelphia, tracking not only shootings but age, race, police involvement, and more. The Philadelphia Shooting Victims Dashboard is a project of the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence to help gun violence data become more accessible and call attention to rising statistics.

At the start of the month, there were 1,655 gunshot victims this year in Philadelphia with 348 fatalities. The vast majority were in the age group 18 to 24, with the average age of 28.9. Black males accounted for 74% of all victims. Hispanic males represented a little over 10%. Black females were at 7%. Police officers were involved in 8 of the shootings.

Overall, 13,000 people who were victims of gun violence in Philadelphia are represented on the site. Trends over time show that gun violence continues to rise. In 2015, there were 1,280 gunshot victims, with 235 fatalities. In 2021, the last full year for which data is available, there were 2,331 shootings, with 507 deaths.

Victims of crime can suffer lifelong trauma, in addition to injuries from the crime itself. In Pennsylvania, you can pursue compensatory damages in civil court, along with criminal sanctions against the attacker. Please contact us to discuss the details of what happened to you. As former prosecutors and victims’ advocates, we understand both the criminal and civil courts and can help.