THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: Traffic | Travel Guide | Weather | Holiday Guide | Mall Hours

Philadelphia Gun Violence Out Of Control

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are working overtime following a rash of gun violence in Philadelphia in the past few days.

The human toll is immense and authorities are once again trying to figure out how to quell the violence.

In the meantime, the family of 19-year-old Shanya Lovett of Grays Ferry is relieved she is alive but their hearts still ache knowing the pain she’s in right now.

Shanya’s grandmother asked that we don’t use her name but explained to Eyewitness News, “The bullet had shattered her jaw. They have to remove her teeth. She’ll need reconstructive surgery for that. It’s just evil out here now. Just evil.”

According to police, Shanya was an innocent bystander hit with a stray bullet in the face when gunshots rang out at 31st and Tasker Streets Wednesday night.

Mayor Michael Nutter said, “Whether there’s a beef or argument between people or innocent bystanders, it’s just unacceptable.”

For shaken families, the recent rash of gun violence in the city is unconscionable.

Since Sunday evening, sources tell Eyewitness News, there have been 26 shootings involving 36 victims. Five of them have died. Six were innocent bystanders including two girls, ages 6 and 2.

“We haven’t announced anything yet but i can share with you that we’re working very closely with the district attorney,” Mayor Nutter said.

As well as state and federal officials, the mayor says, determined to fight for tougher gun laws.

“To look at the issue of illegal weapons, access to weapons, where they are coming from, what’s going on with weapons? We have some laws, we don’t have enough here in Philadelphia. In some places, it may actually be easier for folks to have access to a weapon than to go to a book store and buy a book, it’s just crazy, so we’re focused on this issue,” Mayor Nutter added.

Thursday afternoon, Mayor Nutter along with other elected officials and community leaders were invited to attend a press conference on Friday in South Philadelphia.

State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson said, “The blatant disregard that these criminals have for the safety of our community, along with the lack of respect for police presence, is unacceptable. But what’s more deplorable is a community accepting it and not taking the appropriate action to stop this violence.”

In response, Johnson is expected to announce a community plan of action and anti-violence fund.

Reported by Elizabeth Hur, CBS 3

Top Content On CBSPhilly

  • Community Leaders Speak Out Against Gun Violence In Point Breeze, Grays Ferry « CBS Philly

    […] Police say more than a dozen people have been shot, including a 2-year-old girl. (see related story) […]

  • Al Sharpton

    Its about the have and have nots in the ghetto. One group of boys live in brand new PHA homes, the other still live in section 8 homes.

    The conflict can be as simple as who has central air and heating vs space heaters and fans. You can give them all new homes with parking then their will be peace.

    • Anonymous

      It’s also about poor parenting, and parents who are ‘afraid’ to parent because of the child abuse laws. Not only that, but, these kids figure that when they get some size to them, they can beat up on their parents and run the house and that spills out into the community where they have no regard for life and no respect for any kind of authority. They never should have taken away the parents’ right to discipline their children. Once the kids picked up on the fact that their parents can’t spank or hit them, they ran with it. Just one of my many opinions.

  • Anonymous

    Philly has been going down hill for many years now. With some of the worst elected officials in the city’s history. Turn the politics around and maybe, just maybe, Philly can come back.

    • Angry Revolutionary


  • Dee

    I agree time to bring in the National Guard. Obtain search warrants, enter houses, if need be earlier curfews for EVERYONE not just teens. Enlist the help of those willing to cooperate in the NEIGHBORHOODS, yes guess that is a pie in the sky idea.. but incentivize those that are willing to come forward name unknown. Enter every abandoned building, get the drug addicts and dealers off the streets…
    bring bull dozers if need be to clean out the neighborhoods.. Mayor hopefully your plan is put in to action TODAY!!!!

    • Angry Revolutionary

      Are you really serious. I guess you are like the rest of the sheep in this country that has never read the Contiutuion, the Bill of Rights, etc/

      • Dee

        I am ready to hear your brilliance and solutions to the heinous crime filled communities.. ?? any wisdom that you would like to enlighten us with?

  • Bill

    All that the stronger gun laws will do is keep guns out of law abiding citizens hands. The ones that need to protect themselves.

  • Clips for September 29, 2011 « philly votes

    […] Philadelphia gun violence out of control KYW, 9/29/11 […]

  • george

    Philadelphia owes this to the state legislature… they do not care about gun violence, because it has not effect on them… they are safe in Harrisburg…

blog comments powered by Disqus
Taz Goes Big!
Download Now!

Listen Live