City of Brotherly Hatred? Disturbing video shows man pointing gun at Philly passenger's head
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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: A disturbing video shows a man holding a gun to a subway passenger's head in Philadelphia. This incident comes as crimes soar in the City of Brotherhood Love after the 'summer of mayhem', during which over 750 shootings took place. The disturbing video shows the gunman, wearing a black hoodie, point his weapon at the head of a man waiting for the train.
Philadelphia police and officials for SEPTA, the area's transit system, confirmed to the Daily Mail that the incident took place back in July. A SEPTA spokesperson said no shots were fired and no one was injured, but the horrifying video has shocked residents in the city.
The video shows a man wearing a yellow T-shirt and a white hat sitting on the ground and taking a sip from a water bottle. He appeared to shrug off the threat that could have turned fatal, as a bystander recorded the incident. No arrests have been made yet and the incident is still under investigation, spokespersons for the police and transit have said.
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This video posted to Instagram and Reddit shows a gunman pointing his gun to the head of a man waiting on the subway. pic.twitter.com/GzZsDcptAD
Philadelphia's District Attorney is Larry Krasner, the controversial DA who was re-elected in 2021 but has faced dubious impeachment attempts in 2022. After an overnight mass shooting left three people dead and 11 injured in the city in June, Democrat mayor Jim Kenney slammed the "horrendous, brazen and despicable act of gun violence" rising in the nation. Kenney called officials to "address the availability and ease of access to firearms" in the US and called for stricter gun laws.
"Until we address the availability and ease of access to firearms, we will always be fighting an uphill battle. As Mayor, I will continue to fight to protect our communities and urge others to advocate for stronger laws that keep guns out of the hands of violent individuals," the mayor said at the time, according to the Daily Mail. "The surge in gun violence that we've seen across the nation—and here in Philadelphia—makes me not just heartbroken, but angry. Our administration, in partnership with all of our local and federal law enforcement agencies, continues to work relentlessly to reduce violence and create safer communities."
Philadelphia has seen a significant rise in crimes in recent years. The overall crime is up more than 26% so far this year compared to the same time last year. Assaults and raped have dropped notably this year but the number of homicides has decreased only 1.8%, from 378 incidents last year to 385 so far this year. The number of shooting victims has gone up 3.4%. Police have reported 1,706 cases so far this year, up from 1,650 in 2021. Robberies have increased the most, with 4,199 cases reported this year, up 40.5% from the 3,042 reported in 2021.