The shooting in South Philadelphia marks the city’s 500th homicide

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Philadelphia police are investigating a shooting that left a woman dead Wednesday night.

It happened around 4.30pm near 7th and Jackson streets in South Philadelphia

Police say the 55-year-old woman was shot three times in the chest. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The woman’s killing marks the city’s 500th murder this year. The grim milestone sets the record for the largest number of murders in a year, which was set back in 1990.

Wednesday morning, Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw were joined by federal, state and local officials at City Hall to tackle the violence.

“It’s awful every morning to get up and have to go and look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories. It’s just crazy. It’s just crazy and this is going to stop,” Kenney said.

Kenney said reducing violence is his administration’s top priority.

He also called on Harrisburg lawmakers to allow the city to pass more restrictive gun laws to keep guns off the streets.

“There are people who make money selling these guns, making these guns, and the legislature, not the people behind me, do not care. They do not care how many people are killed. It is ridiculous. And cities like Boston and “New York that does not deal with this problem the way we handle it, there are strict gun laws … we need to have a clue about that. I’m not talking about people hunting deer,” Kenney said.

Commissioner Danielle Outlaw issued this statement on the grim milestone:

“Every single killing brings with it a deep sense of loss. But for our city to have reached such a tragic milestone – 500 lives shortened – it carries a weight that is almost impossible to truly understand.”

There are not enough words to comfort our grieving families in their loss. However, I want these families to know that seeking justice for their loved ones remains a top priority for the Philadelphia Police Department. We will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners and other stakeholders to come to terms with the violent crime that plagues our beautiful communities. We remain committed to proactively patrolling neighborhoods and urge community members to continue working with the police. We can not regret what has already been done, but we will continue to pursue any and all information that will bring justice and close to every victim and their families. I urge anyone with information to line up and share this information with the police. The lost lives are not unique to one neighborhood or part of this city – it’s time for everyone to come together to be the catalyst for change in our society. “

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