Residents urge parents to know where their kids are after dark

An 18-year-old boy was shot and killed Friday morning

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Friends and family are mourning the loss of a teenager who was shot and killed in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood Friday morning. 22News spoke to residents to learn more about the victim.

Suzanne Fitzherbert rushed to her window after hearing three gunshots early Friday morning. Little did she know, just at the end of her street, an 18-year-old boy was shot and killed.

“He had everything going for him,” said Fitzherbert. “He had a football scholarship and everything. And then his life just gets taken away because they don’t know how to act now-a-days. I feel bad for his parents. God Bless them for what they’re going through.”

Springfield Police arrived on Bryant Street around 1:45 for a report of shots fired. As they were patrolling the area, they found a victim with a gunshot wound to his chest at the Racing Mart down the street.

Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney told 22News the teen was rushed to Baystate Medical Center, where he died. This is Springfield’s 6th homicide of 2014.

A Forest Park resident urges parents to pay more attention to where there kids are after dark. Stephen Murphy said, “Parents just need to realize they need to keep their kids in after a certain time at night to make it safe for them to make sure nothing happens to them, like what happened to that kid at one o’clock in the morning.”

Sgt. Delaney describes the suspect as a Hispanic man with black hair. He was last seen running down Bryant Street.

If you saw anything or have any information regarding the shooting, Springfield Detectives want to hear from you. You can reach them at 787-6355.

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