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Springfield Shooting Victim Dies from Injuries

Julio Leiva

Julio Leiva (Photo Provided by Springfield Police)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A person who was shot Sunday night in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood has died and police are still hunting for a suspect.

Police say that the man, 34-year-old William Serrano, was shot around 7:00 p.m. Sunday at a home on Grenada Terrace.

Springfield Police Officer Charles Youmans told ABC40 that they are looking for 25-year-old Julio Leiva in connection with the shooting. He’s described as a Hispanic man, about 5′ 8″ tall, weighs about 200 pounds, and has thick facial hair and long hair tied into a ponytail.

Witnesses say he and Serrano were at this house for a dinner, which started off amicably.

Once dinner was over, Leiva left, then returned a short time later, shooting Serrano several times.

Seranno was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he died overnight.

Witnesses also say that Leiva tends to stay in this building, which is not far from the house. He also has another address in Fitchburg.

Witnesses add that it’s unclear what actually led to the shooting, however Leiva used to date Serrano’s current girlfriend.

It was apparently Serrano’s first time at his girlfriend’s house to meet her parents.

Although it’s still early in the investigation, police could consider this a domestic-related incident.

If you have any information, you’re urged to contact the Springfield Police Department at (413) 787-6325 or text “CRIMES” (274637), then type “SOLVE” and your anonymous tip.

The case remains under investigation.


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