Two Injured Following Afternoon Shooting in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Police are investigating a double shooting that took place near Springfield Technical Community College.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 3:10 p.m., the department received a ShotSpotter activation of several shots being fired in the area of Walnut and State Streets.
Delaney adds that one person was shot in the abdomen and taken by private car to the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center. That person was then transferred to Baystate Medical Center.
A second victim – a female – was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the ankle at the bus stop at State and Federal Streets. She was taken also taken to Baystate Medical Center.
Both are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Delaney explains that a gun was located in the parking lot of the Burger King on State Street and a car possibly involved in the incident was found on Quincy Street.
Azell Cavaan, spokesperson for Springfield Public Schools, says that the High School of Commerce, DeBerry Elementary School, and Rebecca Johnson School were all placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes as a precaution due to the police activity in the area.
Cavaan adds that the lockdowns at those three schools have since been lifted.
S.T.C.C. spokesperson Joan Thomas adds that the college was also locked down for a time, but that too has been lifted.
Police are looking for two suspects. One is described as a Hispanic male, with a dark complexion and has a ponytail. He was last seen wearing dark-colored pants.
The other suspect is described as a black male, who was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, seen fleeing down State Street towards Hancock Street.
Delaney notes that, at this time, the shooting appears to be gang related.
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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