Daylight Springfield shooting; policing still limited in area

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police were able to quickly catch a suspect in the shooting of a 46 year-old man in the city’s Six Corners neighborhood early Thursday afternoon.

Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that shortly before 1:30 P.M., the victim was getting out of his truck in front of 91 Pine Street, when he was shot in the side of the stomach.

A resident on Pine St., who asked to remain anonymous, told 22News, “I was sleeping and I heard the gun shots and that’s about it. When I came down, I saw the dude bleeding, and I find that shocking because we have kids around here in this neighborhood and stuff.”

Delaney says that the suspect ran away following the shooting, but police put out a description of him, and officers spotted him a short time later near Tyler Street. He says police also found the gun used in the shooting.

The victim was taken to the hospital, and is listed in serious, but stable condition.

The suspect, identified as 21 year-old Gregory Hill of Springfield, faces charges including assault with intent to murder, and assault and battery by means of a firearm. He will be arraigned Friday in Springfield District Court.

22News spoke with a few of the neighbors who live around this area and they told us that they’re not very surprised that this violence is starting to happen in the daylight.

“I could die at any moment, you know?” said Ricardo Colon, a resident in the Six Corners neighborhood. “It could happen at any time. Daylight, when people are around, or when people are not around. It could happen at any time.”

Springfield police launched their C-3 policing initiative in late March to reduce crime in Springfield. C-3 focuses on the four neighborhoods. Sgt. Delaney told 22News Thursday’s shooting didn’t occur in one of the C-3 policing areas. Delaney said staffing C-3 officers in Six Corners depends on available manpower.

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