West Side Minister Prays Chicago Has More Days Without Gun Violence

Bernie Tafoya
January 16, 2019 - 1:23 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago went a day without someone shooting another person this week and a West Side minister prays the city can do that more regularly.

From Sunday evening around 5:15 p.m. through early Tuesday morning, 12:35 a.m., no one shot another person in Chicago, according to Chicago police.

Last year, the city had more than 2,900 shooting victims, an average of eight people shot per day.

Rev. Ira Acree of the Greater St. John Bible Church in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side said it’s sad that one day without a shooting in Chicago is news, but he still calls it a small victory. 

"It’s something positive. Too bad that we’re making it a big deal off of one day of being violence-free but I’m grateful for it."

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"Some of us should even be somewhat insulted that, not having a shooting in one neighborhood makes the news. Hopefully that could be a little spark to get some momentum going. We just need to save lives," he said.

Now, Rev. Acree said the city has to do that more often.

"We’ll really have Chicago getting some real positive national attention. That’s what I’m looking forward to," he said.

The West Side minister said anti-violence advocates need to keep doing what they’re doing, like his church's Friday Night Community Safe Parties for teenagers.

"They listen to music, they can play games, they can dance, they can eat, no charge," he said. 

The good vibes did not last too long. Only 35 minutes into the new day, on Tuesday, on 90th and Bishop, Chicago police said three people were shot.

On Monday, though, two people suffered accidental self-inflicted gunshot wounds in Chicago, according to police.