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Philly gun arrests are on a record pace, but convictions drop under DA Krasner

Police are on pace to make 3,000 arrests this year for carrying a gun illegally, a record, but the people charged are less likely to be convicted.

Philly City Councilmembers call for an increased focus on violence interruption as shootings continue

A virtual hearing, featuring testimony from Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and District Attorney Larry Krasner, came after another grim night of gunfire in the city.

Instagram feuds fueling shootings in West Philly. One claimed the lives of best friends.

Jarell Jackson and Shahjahan McCaskill were killed over a feud they weren't even involved in. It reflects a trend of shootings being fueled by — and increasingly chronicled on — social media.

One teen was charged and another is wanted for the killing of a 15-year-old girl in West Philly

The charges were announced after police responded to two more shootings of teens overnight.

Philly’s public defenders say they will not work on jury trials until lawyers are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey wrote that her staff was also “evaluating the potential for curtailing additional areas of our practice” if the vaccine requirements are not changed.

As COVID-19 continues to impact Philly’s criminal courts, some lawyers say a lack of vaccines is ‘life-threatening’

“This is despicable," one lawyer said. "The mayor should be ashamed of himself. The health commissioner should be ashamed of himself.”

‘A fundamentally amazing person’: 15-year-old shot and killed in West Philly

Embaba Mengesteabe, a 15-year-old sophomore at Motivation High School, "was not the kind of person who would quit," said Vibha Bhatnagar, her science teacher. "She was very hardworking."

DA Larry Krasner says four people will be charged in a string of West Philly shootings, including one that injured an 8-year-old boy

Prosecutors said the violence was part of an ongoing feud between neighborhood groups and was fueled by social media.

As Philly’s gun violence continues, city officials call on legislators to enact more gun control measures

Mayor Jim Kenney was joined by city officials, legislators, and law enforcement officials in calling for more regulation of firearms.

A West Philly man will be charged with raping a woman in the Center City Macy’s bathroom, police say

Jaleel Uqdah will face charges including rape, aggravated assault, and robbery, according to police.