Three of them hit the girl in the chest. The alleged shooter is seen later casually strolling down the road. The girl was pronounced lifeless at the hospital, the affiliate reported.
Police imagine the incident is home, and the shooter is being requested to show himself in, Philadelphia police Inspector D.F. Pace informed WPVI.
“We can’t simply say that because it’s the 500th it’s any more special than any of the 499 that preceded it. Each is a life. Each is a person who had family,” Pace mentioned.
“There is a better way. We just put $155 million on the street with community groups, right? We have jobs available. We have wraparound services available,” he mentioned. “The message is going out to all those that find themselves at the level of despair where they think it’s no other way, or to find themselves in whatever mindset it is that causes you to shoot a pregnant woman. Think about it, man. Don’t continue this activity because it is killing our communities.”
Calling the metropolis’s scourge of killings an “unconscionable loss of life that is almost too much to bear,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw reminded the neighborhood there’s a standing $20,000 reward for info resulting in arrests and convictions in any homicide.
She acknowledged that although homicides have been trending downward since the starting of the 12 months, the violence stays unacceptable.
“These victims are far more than a number,” she mentioned. “It’s not about when we reach 200, 300, 500, 600. These are people. These victims are brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, nieces, nephews, mentees, team members, classmates, many of them children. And for those whose lives have been tragically cut short, their life has left a void in the hearts of their families and their absence has left a profound impact on our community.”
Philadelphia police have been working to focus on “pinpoint grids in multiple districts” and are on monitor to take away 6,000 firearms from the road, a 40% improve from 2019, Kenney mentioned.
But Councilwoman Kenyatta Johnson identified in a press release the metropolis can be on monitor for 550 homicides and a couple of,300 capturing victims.
“Quite simply, our community members are drowning, and we do not have life preservers to go around,” he mentioned. “This is a crisis of epic proportions. It is a moral crisis. It is an economic crisis. It is a racial justice crisis. It is a human crisis. Now is the time to act, boldly and urgently.”
CNN’s Joe Sutton contributed to this report.