PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia is on its way to breaking records. To date, there has been a 33% increase in homicides from 2020. Victims of violent crime are getting younger.
According to city data, 123 gunshot victims this year were under the age of 18.
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It was another violent weekend in Philadelphia. More than 30 people were shot dead, including several children. As Philadelphia has passed 2,100 shooting incidents for 2021, it appears no one is safe anywhere, even inside their home with the doors locked as seen in the new surveillance video.
On Sunday evening, two gunmen knocked on a door on Annsbury Street in Hunting Park. After no response, police said the suspects crossed the street and started shooting.
The 41-year-old female owner was not injured, but police now need help identifying the suspects.
Even the city’s youngest citizens are not immune. This weekend, a 1-year-old was punched while inside a convenience store on 50th Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philly on Saturday night.
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“I’m a Philadelphian, I think we’re all affected by the…” said District Attorney Larry Krasner. “I think we are all affected by the injustice of children with injuries,” Krasner said.
Krasner became emotional after CBS3’s Matt Petrillo asked him at a press conference Monday how he was impacted by the shootings with child victims.
Police said after the one-year-old was shot, another person shot the shooter and was arrested. But the police still need help finding the first gunman.
“No mother, no child, no family should live in fear in their community,” Krasner said.
Now, as the city faces a record-breaking homicide rate, Krasner is once again calling on the state legislature to get rid of the cash bond, arguing that it gets some repeat offenders out of jail.
“Until then, my office is going to beg a bunch of judges and a bunch of surety commissioners to do something they’re not used to doing, which is apply high bonds,” said Krasner.
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Another shooting in West Philadelphia overnight injured three teenagers and police were gunned down as they tried to help the victims get to hospitals. The officers were not physically injured.