Man shot in the leg; suspect arrested

Victim talking to police while waiting for ambulance

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man accused of shooting another man in the leg Tuesday night was found by police a short time afterward, after they were called about another disturbance. Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Christopher McKenzie, 23, of Springfield is facing charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the incident on Massachusetts Avenue

According to Delaney, police were called to the area of 174 Massachusetts Avenue at 10:40 P.M. on a report of shots fired. When they got there, they found a 24 year-old man who had been shot once in the leg. The victim told police that a man named “Chris” had shot him during a fight; a confrontation that began due to a fight the victim had the day before with his girlfriend.

Delaney says that during Tuesday night’s fight, the victim’s friend began beating up “Chris” and took the Ruger .45 caliber handgun he had on his belt. Chris then went back to his car, got another gun and shot the victim before driving away.

Two of the officers that had been investigating the shooting were called to a disturbance on nearby Eastern Avenue, where Delaney says they spotted the car involved in the shooting. McKenzie was inside, and police arrested him after some questioning. Inside his car, police allegedly found a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and a box of .45 caliber bullets. A witness positively identified McKenzie as the shooter, Delaney said.

McKenzie was held by police overnight and is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

Tuesday marked the second consecutive night that Springfield police investigated a shooting. On Monday night, Police investigated a shooting on Maple Street in which the victim was shot in the back.

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