SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 23 year-old man from Springfield was the victim of the city’s fourth homicide of the year, and a woman is recovering from a gunshot wound to the mouth following a shooting in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood early Wednesday morning.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that 23 year-old Darrell Jenkins died after being shot in the head near 156 Kensington Avenue around 12:30 A.M.
Delaney says that police arriving in the area first discovered the 20 year-old woman who had been shot in the mouth. Delaney says the woman was seen running from 156 Kensington, and collapsed at the corner of White and Pasadena Streets. She was brought to Baystate Medical Center and is expected to survive.
All throughout the early morning hours, detectives could be seen going in and out of houses on Kensington Ave. and nearby Ranney St., interviewing residents.
Around the same time, Springfield police were investigating along College and Maynard Streets in the city’s Bay neighborhood, where one person was shot in on his right side. Delaney says that man is in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center, but is suffering from a collapsed lung.
Sgt. Delaney said both the Kensington Avenue and Maynard Street shootings are believed to have involved gangs, but they are not connected. He said that residents should be assured that these were not random incidents.
Police Commissioner John Barbeiri has ordered increased patrols in the area.