Neighborhood reaction to Springfield shooting

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Another shooting in Springfield this weekend, except this time it wasn’t in the downtown entertainment district.

22News spoke with Upper Hill neighborhood residents Sunday about the violence in the city, and how fast it’s spreading into the neighborhoods.

“Violence is finding itself everywhere in the city of Springfield.”

It was a quiet day here on Margerie Street, but the same couldn’t be said about early Sunday morning. Right outside of Kick Back Lounge, a man was shot.

22News spoke to a neighborhood resident, who wished to remain anonymous. She says the violence is spreading outside of downtown Springfield, and fast.

“This neighborhood has changed so much that I’m actually frightened to come out after dark.I’d actually like to move away from this area but there’s nowhere safe, nowhere,” said the local resident.

Right outside of Kick Back Lounge, police responded to a report of one person shot around 2 o’clock in the morning. That’s when they saw a suspicious vehicle which led them on a police chase. The driver was caught a few minutes later at 57 Colonial Avenue.

Springfield Police Lieutenant Thomas Maccini said that’s when police discovered the driver had a gunshot wound to the right leg.

Springfield residents say it’s scary to see violence in more residential type neighborhoods.

Charles Baldwin of Springfield told 22News, “No one wants to live in an area or be in an area where they walk out the door and next thing you know they’re ducking for cover. Nobody wants that so you got to have a police presence.”

On 22News InFocus, Laura Hutchinson spoke to the new Springfield Police Commissioner about crime in the city.

“In regards to being more responsive I think we can certainly do that. Our goal is to be more efficient. To make people feel secure in their neighborhoods,” said the Commissioner.

Maccini told 22News the driver of the car who was shot was brought to Baystate Medical Center. Police have not made any arrests.

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