Philadelphia police have arrested Aaron K. Scot, 21, for allegedly shooting two people in front of a High School. Police say he shot a 16-year-old in the back as the victim was running away. That person is in serious condition.
Jeffrey Carter, 66, was shot in the back of his head and killed. He was in his car driving down the street at 3 PM.
This is just another story that highlights the incredible amount of violent crime and homicides occurring in Philadelphia right now. The city is doing everything possible to coddle criminals and has a soft-on-crime activist-run District Attorney’s office.
1990: 500 homicides, the all-time high 1586k, 31.5 homicides per 100k)
2019: 356 homicides
2020: 499 homicides (estimated population 1584k, 31.5 homicides per 100k)
2021: 400 homicides by mid-September.
Philadelphia’s population is almost the same today as it was 30 years ago. The homicide rates in 2020 and 1990 are tied for the highest ever. During the first six months of 2021, homicides were up 30% compared to the same time period in 2020. During the first six months of 2021, Philadelphia had approximately 41 homicides per 100k homicides. This elevated homicide rate has continued. Philadelphia is on track to easily have its highest homicide rate in the history of the city.
It is also significant to note that homicides spike among the 20-24 age group. Since the late 80s, the average age of Americans has steadily increased. This has played a leading role in driving down homicides rates in the USA. However, the younger age groups have gotten so violent in many US cities that they make up for the difference in average age.