Community leaders searching for solutions for city violence

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)–Multiple shootings in recent weeks have prompted Springfield residents and those mourning their loved ones to come together for some kind of solution.

Saturday evening members of the community gathered at Magazine Park in the Old Hill Neighborhood.

In just the last week, two people have been shot and killed on Springfield’s streets, and two others wounded.  A third was shot and killed just one week before that, bringing the city’s total number of homicides to five.

Some residents argue a city wide curfew could help eliminate some of the violence.

Newly sworn in Springfield Police Commissioner, John Barbieri, told 22News a higher ratio of police out on the streets is his planned solution to the problem.

22News also spoke to the city’s Violence Prevention Task force about the issue they said they plan to meet with neighborhood council leaders to try and figure out the areas with the most violence and work with public safety officials to manage those spots.

During Sunday morning’s religious services throughout the city, members of the Council of Churches of Greater Springfield say they will be urging their congregations to help police stop the gang violence.

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