Suspect arrested after shots fired from rooftop

Maurice Baker allegedly said he wanted to see if gun worked

Maurice Baker, 27, of Springfield is accused of firing a gun from the rooftop of his home. Image courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police say they arrested a man who told them he found a gun on the street, and then fired it on the roof to try it out.

Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Maurice Baker, 27, of Springfield is being charged with discharging a firearm within 500’ of a dwelling, as well as carrying a firearm without a permit, and possession of ammunition without a license.

According to Delaney, the city’s “shotspotter” activation system went off shortly before noontime Tuesday, indicating that three shots had been fired near 72 Melrose Street. Police went to Melrose Street, where they asked a woman outside if she had heard gunfire. The woman confirmed she heard three gunshots coming from 72 Melrose.

Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department
Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

Police went to the second-floor of the two-family house, which is the home of Baker, a man who Delaney says is known to the police. He says that Baker was given a pat-down for the safety of the officers, and as they were doing so, Baker told them he had found a gun, and went up onto the roof to try it out.

Inside Baker’s apartment, officers allegedly found a recently-fired 9mm semi-automatic handgun and 28 rounds of ammunition. Delaney says detectives also found three shell casings on the roof of the house.

Baker is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

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