While presenting an update on the state of violent crime in Pittsburgh through the end of June, police Chief Cameron McLay said the latest data continue to reflect a “sad” trend.
“Taken in total, it’s a very sad picture,” he said at a Sept. 30 headquarters press conference. “Our victims are predominantly young Black men and the actors (where known) are also mostly Black men.”
According to data now available on the Bureau of Police Interactive Homicide Report, of the 29 homicides committed in the city during the first six months of the year, 22 of the victims were Black males and two were Black females, accounting for 83 percent of the victims.
In the 18 cases cleared by police, 16 of the perpetrators, or 89 percent, were Black—11 males and 5 females.
McLay added that the predominant motive for these shootings was retaliatory violence. However, though homicides are running about 30 percent ahead of last year, non-fatal shootings are down, as are aggravated assaults with a gun.
But McLay noted that in addition to presenting the most current crime statistics, he wanted to outline the bureau’s work in addressing crime—including the rash of youth crime Downtown during events like the regatta and July 4 celebrations.