Stray Bullet Causes Car Fire on Dwight Street in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Springfield Fire and Police officials are responding to a shooting and car fire on Dwight Street Monday afternoon.
Detectives combed through dozens of evidence markers near the shooting scene just steps from Springfield’s Calhoun Park.
“We had a kid in the park that actually noticed what it was, told everybody to get down, ran to the park right here where they were playing on the swing set and told them to get down,” said Adam Gomez, New North Citizen Council Member and lifelong neighborhood resident.
Witnesses heard ten to 15 gunshots that many kids reportedly thought were fireworks. Four bullets hit a car window as it crashed into a tree. Another one struck a second car, which caught fire and spread to a house. Dennis Leger, Executive Aide to the Fire Commissioner told ABC 40 Springfield Fire Officials responded to 1563 Dwight Street just before 5:30 for a report of a car fire. The 2003 Chevy Trail Blazer was completely destroyed. The fire caught the side of the home at that address and caused some smoke damage inside but the home is still livable.
Arson investigators said the cause of the car fire is stray gunfire that struck the engine inside the car and hit electrical components, causing an electrical fire.
Gomez said with the warm weather just upon us, the violence has to stop.
“At any given time now these things are happening. Now it’s involving our kids, it’s involving our neighborhoods, especially when they are getting out of school like last week. And now it’s happening in our parks,” he said.
One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The rest of the people involved fled the scene.
Lt. Martin said officials believe the two incidents are related. Detectives are still investigating.