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Chicopee Man Killed in “Drug and Gang Related” Spfld. Shooting

Keough Collins

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Police say 19-year-old Keough Collins of Chicopee got into an altercation with another man when shots rang out.

The shooting happened just outside 104 Robert Dyer Circle just before 7 o’clock Sunday night.

“Officers discovered right away when they went there that a 19-year-old, that was later identified as Keough Collins suffering from a bullet wound to the head. They performed CPR and took him to the hospital and he was pronounced dead on arrival at Baystate Medical Center,” says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.

A second man, yet to be identified by police, was also shot. “[He was] shot in the leg, suffering from one gunshot wound to the leg. There was a struggle over a handgun. We are piecing things together right now but he is at the hospital right now and detectives are questioning him,” Delaney adds.

While the police are investigating the sequences of events, family and friends of Collins are remembering him with candles and words.

“It’s a major loss. It’s the only boy in the family. He’s been the only boy until I had my son and him and my son are really close so we are really close,” says one family member.

Springfield Police say they believe they have the motive for the city’s 12th homicide of the year,

Delaney notes, “The motive of the crime seems to be gang and drug relate. It was a robbery that was going to take place right there.”

“I don’t know why he would do this to him. Honestly, I can’t say a lot of people had problems with him because he is a really happy person so I don’t know who did this.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Springfield Police at (413) 787-6355 or you can anonymously ‘Text-A-Tip’ to CRIMES (274637).

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