Police Chief Stephen Moody

A Clark County Church has organized a walk on Saturday morning in order to raise community awareness concerning the recent rise of violent crime in Springfield.  Police Chief Stephen Moody said there have been five shootings in the city since the end of May.

The Restored Life Ministries Church has been holding an event focused on domestic violence for the past three years, but with the recent uptick in gun violence, the church group is expanding the scope of this year's walk to include all acts of violence.

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The head of the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP held a press conference at City Hall Plaza Wednesday afternoon to discuss the recent shooting death of a Springfield High School Student.  The discussion ranged from gun control to better parenting.

The shooting death of 17-year-old student-athlete Jeffrey Wellington this week has shaken the community.

Springfield NAACP Chapter President, Denise Williams, told the crowd at City Hall that the gun violence has to stop and she recalled a saying used years ago aimed at parents who need to get more involved.

Springfield Superintendent David Estrop and Chief of Police Stephen Moody met with school board members recently to address growing concerns about safety measures  in the city school system.

Estrop said that the school system has an excellent partnership with the police department and school safety has become the most important issued at hand. He says although there is a movement to arm teachers, Springfield schools are not ready to go that route.