It happened just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. A 26-year-old man was walking near the intersection of Pendleton Avenue and Eastern Avenue when he was approached by a man described as having a light complexion and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.
The victim told police the suspect asked him for a lighter. When he reached into his pocket, the suspect pulled out a silver handgun.
The victim says the gun went off when he tried to grab it.
He then fled the scene and discovered he had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. A family member took him to Baystate Medical Center.
The Springfield Detective Bureau is investigating.