A 58-year-old man was found dead with at least one bullet to his face inside his ransacked Philadelphia home on Thursday morning, police said.
Someone came home and found the man dead on the kitchen floor, which leads to an alley next to the property, Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The body may have been there for hours before being discovered around midnight, Small said.
The house itself, located in the 4000 block of Frankford Avenue, was “ransacked”, the chief inspector added. There was no sign of the shooter.
Murder is only one of at least 114 murders this year as Philadelphia continues to grapple with a gun violence crisis that in 2021 contributed to the highest homicide count in the city’s history. At least 97 of these murders were committed with a firearm, according to the city comptroller’s office.
The problem of rising gun violence is not unique to Philadelphia.
Data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive shows that deaths from gun violence more than doubled nationally from 2018 to 2019, when those deaths totaled 39,572.
In the years that followed, the number of deaths from gun violence only increased. There were 43,658 such deaths in 2020 and 44,957 in 2021, according to the GVA. So far in 2022, there have been at least 9,669 gun violence-related deaths in the United States, according to the group.
Last year President Joe Biden made a plan to tackle the gun crisis, focusing on five key areas.
These areas include stemming the flow of fire arms used to commit acts of violence; provide law enforcement with more resources; investing in community-based interventions against violence; expand summer programs and job opportunities, especially for youth; and help formerly incarcerated people reintegrate into their community, NBC News reported.
There are additional resources for individuals or communities who have experienced gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.