Man Injured Following Altercation in East Forest Park
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — One person is being treated in the hospital, after being found injured and bloodied at the Sunoco on Sumner Avenue near White Street early Tuesday.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, five people – four men and a woman – were walking down Converse Street when a vehicle slowed and a verbal argument ensued between the group and those in the car, which included two men and two women.
“During the argument a couple of the subjects that were walking pounded on the car with their fists. This caused all the subjects in the car to exit the vehicle and a physical fight took place between the parties,” Delaney explains.
During the altercation, the two men in the car reportedly struck and hit a 20-year-old man, and at some point, one of the women in the car grabbed what is described by police as a “machete” style large knife and struck that victim with the knife across the face, causing a large cut.
All four people who were in the car then got back into the car, with the alleged female assailant behind the wheel, and as they tried to flee, “she backed up the car and struck the same victim she attacked with the machete and another male who hit the rear windshield causing it to shatter,” Delaney explains.
Friends then carried the victim to a nearby Sunoco Station, where an officer saw them waving for help and responded.
The victim was taken to an area hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The incident remains under investigation and a motive for the attack, other than the verbal argument, is not yet clear.
Police are looking for the public’s help in locating a dark grey sedan, possibly a Mitsubishi Gallant or Toyota Camry, that may have Connecticut plates and a smashed rear window.
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.