SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Another life lost in Springfield. State police are trying to figure out who killed a man near I-91 early Friday morning, but the latest violence isn’t exactly shaking up the community like you may think.
“You expect it. Every few months you might hear about a shooting and that’s been the track record, so that’s what I expect,” said Springfield’s Todd Jenkins.
Jenkins says crime has become the norm in his city. “I think it’s getting out of hand,” he added.
Friday mornings death marks the city’s eighth homicide of the year. With four months left in the year, we’re down, but not far off from last year’s pace.
Springfield police said there were 14 murders in all of 2013. Six out of the eight homicides this year took place in the warmer months, between the end of May and early August.
Some moms say it makes them nervous. “It’s very terrifying to know that you have kids and they cannot be able to play, be able to walk freely and be safe,” said Springfield’s Carline Burrell.
Police say it’s important residents remain vigilant in their own neighborhood and report crime when they see it as they work to prevent it from happening at all. “I think the police, they’re trying to do their best, I cannot say they’re not doing their best,” Burrell added.
If you know anything about this mornings shooting in Springfield you’re asked to call state police at (413) 736-8390.