Mayor Sarno speaks out about recent violence

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Dominic Sarno is furious after three overnight Springfield shootings wounded five people.

Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno took to the streets Sunday to speak out against three shootings in the city Sunday morning. The first, taking place outside of Lux night club on Worthington Street.

“I know I’m going to continue to hear from the establishment, it’s not us Mayor. We didn’t do it we had nothing to do with it at all, but if you’re going to continue to attract a negative element, a gang related element, we’re going to run you out of town,” Mayor Sarno said.

Springfield Police Lieutenant Robert Moynihan told 22News over 20 rounds were fired and four people were shot just after 2 am.

Mayor Sarno says he’s working to revoke Lux’s “Entertainment License”, which allows them to stay open.  But the violence quickly spread out of the downtown entertainment district, to BaystateMedicalCenter.

One person who was standing right here outside the emergency room was shot at three o’clock Sunday morning.

“It seems to be scary when it seems to be close to an area where there’s a lot of people, a lot of innocent people,” Diana St. Denis of Springfield said.

Some even say the violence gets so bad this time of year; they actually avoid going out all together.

“I’m afraid to go down there. Unless it’s a special event, it’s just not welcoming it’s uncomfortable.  It would be nice to have a downtown you can go to and appreciate it,” Josephine Dowd of Springfield said.

The city’s third shooting took place on Armory Street around 3:30 am.

Lt. Moynihan told 22news, it was unrelated to the first two shootings.

No one was in the vehicle at the time.

In total, five people were shot Sunday morning, but they are all expected to make a full recovery.

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