SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two suspects were arrested and two more are still on the loose following a weekend shooting that ultimately led to a car crash and the search of a cemetery. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that the two men who were arrested in the case, Troy Harris, 22, and Gilfrey Gregory, 22, both of Springfield, had previously been jailed on gun charges.
Delaney says that around 2:15 Saturday morning, police heard several gunshots coming from the area of State and Dresden Streets, as officers were monitoring the crowds leaving a nearby fried chicken restaurant. Delaney says the officers went over to investigate, and saw a new Honda Accord with several bullet holes, driving fast down State Street alongside a gray Ford Explorer.
The driver of the Honda pulled over for police, but the driver of the Explorer (later identified as Gregory) did not stop. Delaney says Gregory failed to make a turn onto Embury Street, and ended up crashing into the fence of a home. Gregory, Harris, and two other men got out of the car. Police were able to take Gregory and Harris to the ground and handcuff them, but the other men got away into nearby St. Michael’s Cemetery.
Police set up a perimeter around the cemetery and sent a dog in to track the suspects, but they couldn’t be located.
Searching the Ford, meanwhile, Delaney says officers found numerous shell casings, which they took into evidence.
Both Harris and Gregory are charged with discharging a firearm and breach of peace while armed. Harris is also charged with a second offense of carrying a firearm without a license. Gregory faces additional charges of carrying a firearm without a license, failure to stop for police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and a marked lanes violation. Both men were scheduled for arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court.