SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police are investigating a deadly shooting in the city’s Sixteen Acres neighborhood, which was first reported near a fast food drive thru.
Police Lt. Richard LaBelle told 22News that officers were called to the McDonalds at 1409 Allen Street around 2:00 A.M. LaBelle said witnesses told officers that gunfire had come from one car, and a bullet had hit a man in a truck. Officers are still looking into the exact location where the shooting occurred.
Officers found the man, a 25 year-old from Agawam, inside his truck, which had gone off the road a little farther down Allen Street, near the corner of Wilshire Road. The victim had a gunshot wound to his back, and was rushed to Baystate Medical Center, but he did not survive.
Detectives are looking at surveillance video from the McDonalds and speaking with more witnesses to get more information. Allen Street was temporarily closed from the corner of Bicentennial Highway to Wilshire Road, but has since re-opened.
Neighbors told 22News it’s heartbreaking to see another young life lost. Clara Brown of Springfield said, “It’s scary when you think about the fact that all these young people are shooting up each other and killing each other. And we need to just come together and better.”
Many people told 22News it’s upsetting to see deadly violence among young people. Chris Baldwin, whose family lives in Springfield, said, “It’s kind of sad that kids are dying at such young age. I think the more police presence we have it’d be a better environment for young kids like myself.”
The shooting marks Springfield’s 10th homicide of 2014, and nearby residents told 22News they are upset by what happened.