Man Shot Near Center City Hotel, Philadelphia City Hall – NBC10 Philadelphia
A man was shot dead in downtown Philadelphia early Monday morning, the latest shooting as the city continues to face gun violence.
Police could be seen taping off the area near the Marriott hotel along the 1200 block of Filbert Street after the shooting at around 2 a.m.
A 26-year-old man was shot in the right leg and stomach, Philadelphia police said. He was rushed to hospital in critical but stable condition.
The circumstances of the shooting are unclear.
Police said they recovered a weapon from the scene, but made no arrests.
This overnight incident was the last as the city grapples with gun violence. To date, at least 404 people have been killed in Philadelphia in 2021.
In June, Philadelphia City Council approved a 2022 fiscal budget that invests more than $ 155 million in violence prevention programs to help reduce gun violence in the city. This includes $ 22 million in grants to organizations focused on “reducing violence through trauma-informed healing and restorative practices, safe shelters and mentoring.”
The city’s new budget also funds a $ 400 million program to create affordable housing, preserve neighborhoods, increase job growth, support poverty reduction measures, continue police reform and allocate additional funds to revitalize the city’s arts, culture and hospitality sectors.
But efforts to stem violent crime in Philadelphia have spread beyond the city.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and other elected state leaders were in West Philadelphia on Thursday to urge community violence prevention groups to apply for millions of dollars in state grants. While talking, four people were shot dead in a nearby car, underlining how pervasive the problem has become.
At the federal level, President Joe Biden’s administration has selected Philadelphia as one of 15 cities across the country to participate in a collaborative effort to share violence prevention strategies.
The violence, however, continued.
“I know most Philadelphians are rightly outraged and frustrated by the escalating violence in our city,” said the mayor of Philadelphia. Jim Kenney said on Twitter. âPlease know that our administration is taking this crisis very seriously. We are committed to working with all of our criminal justice and community partners to create a safer city for all of us. “
There are additional resources for individuals or communities who have experienced gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.