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Springfield Police Arrest Shooting Suspect

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield man is under arrest after he allegedly shot another man late Tuesday night.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the area of 174 Massachusetts Avenue after the department received a call of shots fired.

When they arrived, a 24-year-old man was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Delaney adds that investigators on-scene found that the shooting reportedly followed a “verbal and physical confrontation” with a man witnesses identified as ‘Chris.’

Officers reportedly determined that “a known subject in a blue Chevy Malibu pulled up to the front of 174 Mass. Ave and confronted the victim,” Delaney explains, adding that at that point, the victim’s friend began to assault ‘Chris’ and pulled out a handgun.

The suspect then allegedly went back to the car, grabbed another gun, and shot towards the victim, striking him in the leg.

A short time later, officers went to a call of a disturbance on Eastern Avenue, when they reportedly found the Malibu involved in the Massachusetts Avenue incident, as well as a man in the car, identified as 23-year-old Christopher McKenzie of Springfield.

Following an interview by investigators, and an identification by a witness, McKenzie was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm, assault and battery, and improper storage of a firearm.

Police seized a Smith & Wesson .45 caliber handgun and a box of .45 caliber bullets from the car.

McKenzie is being held until his arraignment, which is scheduled for Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

The shooting victim has since been treated and released.


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