Editor’s note: Great news!
PHILLY’S HOMICIDE rate is raising some eyebrows – but this time, it’s for all of the right reasons.
From the start of the year through Wednesday night, 54 homicides were recorded, a 39 percent drop from the same period a year ago, according to police statistics.
Shootings were down 20 percent, from 274 to 218, and overall violent crime fell 9 percent through March 31, the last date for which those figures were available.
For a city that has long been haunted by stubbornly high homicide tallies, the lower figures represent an encouraging sign of progress.
Whether that progress can be maintained through the notoriously violent spring and summer months is anyone’s guess.