2019 the deadliest year in Philly in more than a decade, with over 1,500 arrests for gun-related offenses

By KYW Newsradio 1060

UPDATED: 4:33 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — 2019 shaped up to be the deadliest year for Philadelphia in more than a decade, with at least 356 people killed at the hands of another this past year — the highest since 2007. More guns have been pulled off the streets, and still, more people have been shot. 

Nearly 1,500 people were shot in Philadelphia this past year, which is higher than 2018 and includes more than 100 children. 

But officers made more than 1,500 arrests for gun-related offenses.

"We have over 300 more arrests this year than we did last year," said Acting Police commissioner Christine Coulter. 

"Our police officers are working to get guns off the street, recognizing that every one we take off the street, at least that gun won’t be used to harm anyone else," she added. 

Most of the homicides this year were shootings, many resulting from arguments or fight, unlike last year which authorities say were drug-related.

Overall, violent crime, like rape, is slightly down but robbery and aggravated assault is up.

As for the number of homicide victims, the number could still climb as detectives continue to investigate two different crime scenes from New Year's Eve.

In just a little more than 14 hours of the new year, three people have been shot dead in the city. 

The first happened in West Philadelphia just before noon, when a 41-year-old man was shot in the chest and back along Hobart Street, near 59th and Market streets. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he later died.  

The second incident was a few hours later in Frankford, where three people were gunned down.  

Authorities say a 24-year-old and a 26-year-old were both shot in the chest along Griscom Street, near Arrott Street.  A woman was also shot in the arms. 

No arrests have been made in either incident.