Arrests made after shots fired at apartments

Rakeem Nelson and Willie Duke
Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department
Rakeem Nelson and Willie Duke Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -Springfield police have arrested two men who allegedly shot at several apartments in Springfield’s McKnight neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.

Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Rakeem Nelson, 21, and Willie Duke, 20, both of Springfield, face several charges, including six counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

According to Delaney, police were called to Bowdoin Street around 1:45 P.M. Tuesday, after receiving reports that some townhouse apartments had been struck with bullets. Police spotted Nelson and Duke, who matched the description of the shooters, and caught them at State and Terrence Street following a short chase.

Delaney says the officers also found a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

A total of five apartments had been hit by bullets, with some projectiles going through the windows, Delaney said. No one was hurt.

According to Delaney, police determined that prior to the shooting, Nelson and Duke had been in an argument at a house on St. James Avenue, in which one of them was beaten up.

Delaney says that Nelson and Duke are “self-proclaimed gang members,” and that Nelson was arrested on gun charges last week, but was released after his arraignment.

Both men are scheduled to be arraigned for this incident on Thursday.

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