NBCPhiladelphia.com - Claudia Rivero
The 31st murder in Philadelphia so far this month happened Wednesday night. The city has already passed the number of murders at this same time last January leaving residents asking why.
The bloody start to 2012 got worse Wednesday with three more murders in Philadelphia.
The most recent killing happened around 7:40 p.m. on the 2000 block of Bridge Street in Frankford as a 32-year-old man was shot in the head, according to police.
He was pronounced about 20 minutes later at the hospital. Police didn’t have any immediate suspects in the case.
Earlier, around 2:30 p.m., police say they were called to a home on the 4500 block of N 19th Street in Logan where they found a 63-year-old woman and 34-year-old man dead in an apparent murder-suicide.
It was unclear who shot whom in that incident but it did count for another homicide, police said.
Also around 2:30, a 23-year-old man was shot while sitting in a Jeep Cherokee on Arch Street near 56th Street in West Philadelphia, according to police.
Cops say the unidentified man was able to stumble a half block towards Market Street before he collapsed. He died around 3 p.m. at a nearby hospital, police said.
There was no immediate word on a possible suspect.
These three murders bring the homicide total to 31 for the year -- a number well above the total on this date in any of the previous five years.
The killings came a day before city leaders were scheduled to lay out their plan to prevent violence in the city. On Thursday Mayor Michael Nutter and other city leaders are expected to announce his plan to battle crime in the city.
Data based on 27 of the 31 homicides: