One dead after shooting near school in Springfield

Police are looking for a small grey Honda that was observed close to where the shooting took place

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A murder investigation Saturday night in Springfield marking the city’s 9th homicide.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News 26-year-old Lamar P. Kelly, of Springfield, was shot and killed near William DeBerry Elementary School.

Delaney said around 5 o’clock Saturday night officers responded to a “Shotspotter” activation, and found Kelly with a gunshot wound on the walkway between Monroe Street and Union Street.

The officers performed first aid and assisted EMTs getting him to a local hospital. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Detectives processing the scene discovered a large bag of white powder weighing 53 grams on Kelly. The bag is consistent with cocaine. Investigators determined that this was not a random shooting and is possibly drug/gang related. Extra patrols will be on Union Street throughout the rest of the weekend.

Police are looking for a small grey Honda that was observed speeding away close to where the shooting took place. No descriptions of suspects is available at this time.

Anyone with any information in regards to this homicide are asked to call the Springfield Police Departments Detective Bureau at 413-787-6355 or “Text-a-Tip.”

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