Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Inquirer Recalls City Under Fire

Philadelphia Inquirer chronicles violent thirty minutes.

Even by Philadelphia standards, three people shot to death and five others wounded by gunfire within about half an hour is a particularly violent stretch.

Four unrelated incidents left a bloody trail across the city, stretching from the Southwest to the Northeast, between 11:19 and 11:52 p.m. Monday.

With the slaying toll at 201 by sunrise yesterday, this year's homicide rate is at least 3.65 percent higher than it was at the same time last year - and last year's rate was the highest since 1997, when more than 400 people were killed.

"It has to stop," captain Benjamin Naish said. "We continue to place resources where the shootings are happening, but we need people to take more responsibility."

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