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18-Year-Old Woman Dies Following Springfield Shooting


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A woman who was taken to the Baystate Medical Center after a shooting in Springfield late Monday night has died of her injuries.

Police responded to an indication of a shooting on their ShotSpotter system in the area of 550 Union Street shortly before midnight.

When officers arrived, they found 18-year-old Lenezzia Clarke of Springfield suffering from several gunshot wounds.

An ambulance rushed Clarke to the emergency room at Baystate Medical Center.  

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that Clarke was pronounced dead at 12:03 a.m. Tuesday,” They administered first aid to her, called for a fast ambulance, they got her to Baystate Medical Center where she was pronounced dead,” says Delaney.

Police say there was a gathering of people in the area. There were several people outside when the shots were fired,” It was in the immediate area of 550 Union Street, the victim tried to get into the house, we’re not sure if she was the intended target, detectives are investigating,” says Sgt. Delaney.

Police say the area where the shooting took place is considered a high crime area.

They have responded there in the past for gang and drug related activity.

But he stopped short of saying whether this shooting was drug or gang related,” We’re not calling this gang related, we’re not calling this drug related, we just don’t know yet,” says Delaney.

No arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Detective Bureau at (413) 787-6355 or ‘Text-A-Tip’ to CRIMES (274637) and in the message, type SOLVE and your tip.

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