It’s at least the second shooting in Springfield this week. On Tuesday, Springfield police responded to Whities Tavern where a patron said the bar owner took a shot at him.
Springfield had seen a spike in homicides in the first half of the year. Springfield police had investigated 11 suspected homicides, just one less than the division did in all of 2017. Meetings have been held by the Springfield NAACP and rallies calling for justice in unsolved murders have also taken place throughout the last couple of months.
On Saturday, faith-based connected rallies called Flood Springfield and JoyFest aim to spread happiness throughout the community and to call for an end of violence.
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“We are specifically targetting the five worst districts in Springfield,” Micah Level, an organizer of the events said. “We got a map from our prosecuting attorney Andy Wilson. We are going to be using that map and going into those areas. Drug, crime and all of that combined. Basically, where they get the most calls.”
About 100 members of 12 Springfield churches will go into these neighborhoods and invite residents to JoyFest where a Christian message will be shared.