shooting near Austin daycare and churches

As Austin Tries To Heal, Gunfire Breaks Out Near Church And Daycare

April 13, 2019 - 5:43 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police say gunfire erupted outside two churches and a day care center on the West Side Saturday afternoon. 

It happened on the corner of Division and Waller.

Someone started shooting -- on one side of the street a daycare center, and a church. Across the street, another church.

Austin shooting near church
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Resident Jay Payne says he heard about the shooting and had to come see the area for himself.

But Payne says it’s what Chicagoans seem to face on a daily basis in some parts of the city, gunfire in areas where innocent people could be the victims.

Shooting near Austin daycare
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Earlier in the day, activists held a peace circle in the Austin neighborhood that drew residents, community leaders, people who have committed violence and some victims to talk about ways to resolve conflicts and avert violence.