1 suspect arrested, 1 still missing after Greenfield shooting

Police still searching for Jose Velasquez; considered armed and dangerous

Greenfield police arrested Jean Rivera (left) for attempted murder in connection with a shooting incident at Leyden Woods on Wednesday night. They are still searching for a second suspect, Jose Velasquez (right). Images courtesy: Greenfield Police Department

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police in Franklin County are searching for a man who allegedly fired shots at two people at a Greenfield apartment complex Wednesday night. Officers were able to arrest a second suspect in the case, who is now being charged with attempted murder.

According to Greenfield police, the incident happened during a fight between a small group of people at the Leyden Woods apartment complex at around 8:30 P.M. During the fight, 25 year-old Jose Velasquez (seen above at right) allegedly pulled out a handgun from his waistband.

Police say 22 year-old Jean Rivera (seen above at left) took the gun from Velasquez and cocked it, before Rivera took the gun back and fired shots in the air and toward two other people. No one was hurt, but bullets did strike a car in the parking lot.

Officers were able to quickly find Rivera, a resident of Leyden Woods, but Velasquez got away. He is described as being armed and dangerous, and Greenfield police advise you not to approach him if you see him; only dial 9-1-1. Velasquez’s last known address was at Leyden Woods.

Rivera is being charged with two counts of attempt to commit murder, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, intimidating a witness, malicious destruction of property, firing a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm without a license, and disorderly conduct.

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