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Police Investigating Murder Near DeBerry School in Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield man is dead following a late afternoon shooting not far from a city school.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that just after 5 p.m. Saturday, the department’s ShotSpotter system was activated, indicating a possible shooting in the area of Monroe Street.

As police were heading to the scene, several 911 calls came in reporting that someone was shot in the walkway between Monroe Street and Union Street, near the DeBerry Elementary School.

Upon arrival, officers found a man suffering from a single gunshot wound. That man was then transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have identified the victim as 26-year-old Lamar Kelly of Springfield.

Delaney adds that detectives processing the scene and investigating reportedly found a large bag of a white powder, weighing 53 grams, on Kelly’s person.

“The bag is consistent with Cocaine and is being tagged as evidence and will be sent for analysis,” Delaney explains, adding that investigators have determined that “this was not a random shooting and is possibly drug/gang related.”

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri has ordered extra patrols in the area of Union Street throughout the weekend. He and his command staff has already placed more officers in the Mason Square neighborhood and those patrols will continue.

Detectives continue to investigate and track down leads. They are currently looking for a small, grey Honda that was reportedly seen speeding away from the area. No descriptions of any suspects are available at this time.

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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