Police: Philly gun violence rises by 10 percent from this time last year

Philly's top cop says it is not just about policing.

Kristen Johanson
August 21, 2018 - 8:17 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With two teens shot in just as many days, city officials say gun violence this year is worse than last year.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said combating the issue is not just about policing. 

Shootings are up more than 10 percent since this time last year, with nearly 175 victims who have died by gunfire so far in 2018.

"It's not normal, and we should stop treating it as such," said Ross.

He said they will continue their efforts to drive down gun violence, like more cops walking and biking through high-crime neighborhoods. He added they can make a difference by "using effective strategies with regards to our presence."

Working with federal and state authorities on the gun violence task force is a part of that, but he said that's all part of an even bigger issue.

"We got other forces working against us, like the most lenient gun laws in the country," he noted.

Ross urges the community to call police if they hear disputes brewing and feel it may result in gun violence.

"The police department cannot just do it by itself," he said.