Mayor Kenney Aims To Double Funding For Anti-Violence Programs For Next Fiscal Year

Matt Petrillo reports.

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UKEE WASHINGTON: This is Eyewitness News at 5:00, and we are streaming live on CBSN Philly. Good evening, everyone. I'm Ukee Washington.

JESSICA KARTALIJA: And I'm Jessica Kartalija. First at 5:00, a six-year-old caught in the crossfire after a triple shooting left his father dead and another man critically injured in Southwest Philadelphia. Matt Petrillo is outside the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where that little boy is being treated tonight. Matt?

MATT PETRILLO: Jess, Philadelphia police telling us that six-year-old boy is fighting for his life as officers search for the shooter.

SCOTT SMALL: We know at least 12 shots were fired.

MATT PETRILLO: Police rushed to 53rd Street near Baltimore Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia around 7:15 Wednesday night after a barrage of bullets struck this white car, with three people inside.

SCOTT SMALL: Police actually came upon the shooting victim while on patrol, before the 911 calls even began to come in.

MATT PETRILLO: Officers tell us a six-year-old boy was riding in the car with two men, including the boy's father, who was in the driver's seat. Police say he tried to drive away, but was shot in the chest, crashed the car, and later was pronounced dead. He's been identified as 28-year-old Joshua Butts. His son, the six-year-old, is now in critical condition after undergoing surgery. The third victim is also now recovering.

- It concerns all of us, and we're tired of seeing this, quite frankly.

MATT PETRILLO: Nearly 550 people have been shot in Philly so far this year, according to police. At the same time, the city has also recorded 145 homicides.

JIM KENNEY: 2021 is on track to be the worst year on record.

MATT PETRILLO: The Mayor, Jim Kenney, saying in his budget proposal to city council Thursday, he'd like to almost double funding for antiviolence programs next fiscal year to $35 and 1/2 million.

JIM KENNEY: Solutions must expand to match the scale of the problem.

MATT PETRILLO: Kenney's proposed budget also keeps funding for the city's police department at $727 million, the same as last year.

JOHN MCNESBY: It's not negative, so we need to-- whether that flat line stays like that or not, we'll see. They have a lot of movement to go until June.

MATT PETRILLO: And the city's police union president there, referring to the start of budget talks with city council. It has until June 30 to pass a balanced budget. Live in University City, Matt Petrillo, CBS 3 Eyewitness News.

- All right, Matt. Thank you.