One of those victims was 29-year-old Will Myatt, in West Philadelphia. He was walking his dog near 46th Street and Fairmount Avenue with his 3-year-old and 9-year-old children when a man came up to them and shot him several times in the chest.
A 40-year-old woman, Melanie Raye, was killed just before 8 p.m. in the city’s Brewerytown neighborhood, shot several times throughout her body. A 35-year-old man who was with her was also fired upon and remains in critical condition.
City Council held Zoom hearings on gun violence two weeks ago, after the death of 7-year-old Zamar Jones. They are asking for more data from law enforcement, including a study from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about where the guns are coming from and tracking those accused of a gun crime from arrest to prosecution.
Another City Council hearing with law enforcement leaders is scheduled for Sept. 3.