Gas Stations Become Magnet For Violence In Philadelphia

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At a glance

  • New data from the Philadelphia Police Department shows that they’re part of a chilling trend and speak to the universality of the problem: for motorists, all roads lead to gas stations.
  • The slayings are a tiny fraction of the total number of murders committed citywide – a record 562 homicides in 2021, and just off that pace so far in 2022. But new data from the Philadelphia Police Department shows that they’re part of a chilling trend and speak to the universality of the problem: for motorists, all roads lead to gas stations.
  • “This is happening in the far Northeast, it’s happening in Roxborough, it’s happening in North Philadelphia, it’s happening in Center City,” said Inspector Charles Layton, who oversees the homicide, major crimes, and special victims units. “I don’t think if you go outside of the city it’s going to change anything because they have increasing carjackings as well.”
  • While gas station owners say the uptick is simply a manifestation of Philadelphia’s broader gun violence problem, the trend has caused several people who’ve been injured or lost loved ones to file negligence lawsuits. They say gas stations should have done more to protect patrons.

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