There was good news and bad news when it came to May’s homicide count in Allegheny County.
First, the bad news. The actual number of homicides in May was twice the number in April.
But the good news was, even though the number was higher, the percentage of homicide victims that were Black, 60, was at a near all-time low.
Even the overall percentage this year is lower. Normally the percentage is up around 80 to 90 percent, but so far this year it’s down to 70 percent. As of May 31, 28 of the 40 homicides this year in the county were Black lives.
There were only four homicides in April, three were Black males and one White female.
Three of the four homicides involving Whites in May were domestic and much older. An 83-year-old man killed his 80-year-old wife, then committed suicide, a daughter killed her 69-year-old father and a girlfriend killed her 23-year-old live-in boyfriend.
The Black males, as usual, were much younger, with two of the six being teenagers, 17 and 18. The others were 25, 25, 31 and 34 years old. And, as usual, the shooters of the Blacks have not been found, as compared to the Whites. However, that is mostly because the Whites and Asian homicides were domestic, in which the husband killed the wife, the girlfriend kills the boyfriend and the daughter killed the father with the mother there.
Another thing I’ve noticed in the past few years is that there are more head shots to make sure the victim dies instead of the wild drive-bys of previous years.