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‘Stop Killing Our Community’: Philly Officials Address Gun Violence Epidemic as Nearly 500 People are Murdered

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Kimberly Paynter
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WHYY
Eight people were injured in a Feb. 17 shooting near Olney Transportation Center in Philadelphia.

With six weeks still left in the year, Philadelphia is close to matching the highest number of homicides it’s ever recorded in a one-year period. In 1990, Philadelphia lost 500 people to homicides, and the city is just under that number today. WHYY’s Tom MacDonald has more.

(Original air-date: 11/26/21)

WHYY reporter Tom MacDonald is a lifelong Philadelphia-area resident who has worked in the region since the mid-1980s. Tom started in commercial radio covering the MOVE standoff with police for WFIL-AM. He was also City Hall Bureau Chief, covering government and politics for more than a decade, for WWDB-FM.