Residents want action after 3 killings in 10 days

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.(WWLP)- With three people killed in the city in the last ten days, violence in Springfield has become concerning for many residents.

On Wednesday, Springfield residents woke up to hear that one person had been killed in an overnight shooting on Kensington Avenue. By 5:00 Wednesday evening, another person had been shot and killed on Avon Place.

Just 10 days before that, a woman was killed in a shooting on Union Street.

“They need more police and they need something on Union Street. They need cops there everyday, because everyday somebody’s getting jumped,” Richard Brunelle of Springfield said.

“I’m afraid to walk in Springfield because you don’t know who is going to surprise you,” Israel Crebo of Springfield said.

Longtime Springfield resident Burton Percy said that he thinks going back to basics could help police fight crime in the city.

“Go back to the old fashion way have the police walking the beat at night. Walk through the neighborhood so people feel safe. You know some people are real scared to walk at home,” Percy said.

The new Springfield Police Commissioner, John Barbieri, is expected to address the violence in the city at his swearing-in ceremony at the Mayor’s Office Thursday morning. 22News will be at the ceremony, which begins at 10:00 A.M.


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