SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield police say they’ve arrested a city man in connection with the shooting of an 11-year-0ld girl who was waiting to buy a pair of sneakers outside a clothing store in the early morning hours of March 16.
19-year-old, Kenny Bynum of 239 Pine Street in Springfield is facing multiple charges including Assault With Intent to Murder (firearm), Carrying a Firearm Without a Permit, Discharging a Firearm, Possession of Ammo, and Destruction of Property.
He was taken into custody today after getting shot himself on March 23. It was because of that incident that police say they were able to connect him to the March 16 shooting.
At about 8:40 in the morning on March 16 Springfield police were notified of a shooting at Expressions Clothing Store at 1067 Boston Road. According to police new Air Jordon’s were being released and there was a line outside the store before it opened of people looking to buy a pair. A couple of males tried to cut the line, but two other males objected which then gave way to a violent verbal argument. Police say one of the males pulled out a gun and began firing.
That’s when the 11 year-old girl who was waiting in line at the time, was hit in the leg. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says she was not the intended target.
The unidentified girl was taken to Baystate Medical Center and treated and released.
Now, while police were investigating the March 16 incident, another shooting took place a week later on March 23 at 1:45 in the morning. The victim this time was 19-year-0ld Kenny Bynum.
He was at Sterns Square and Worthington Street when police found him with a shot once in the hand and once in the chest.
Officers were able to catch the suspects only a short time later in a traffic stop at State and Chestnut Streets. They also confiscated a firearm in the process.
The three men arrested for the March 23 shooting are Anthony Smith, Charles Darby, and Trevor Gayle. All are from the city of Springfield and are known to the police as gang members. They are all being held on bail for allegedly shooting Bynum.
At the same time police were investigating this, they were also continuing their investigation into the shooting incident of the 11-year-old girl.
That’s when police say they determined Bynum was connected and obtained an arrest warrant for him. He was still being treated at the hospital for his 2 gunshot wounds, so police were able to make the arrest.
Bynum is currently being held without the right to bail. No word yet on when he’ll be arraigned.