SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s South End is on high alert tonight after a daytime shooting on Main Street. It was the second incident reported in that area within 24 hours.
A 19 year old was rushed to Baystate Medical Center Friday afternoon following a shooting right in front of a busy Dunkin Donuts.
Witnesses told police the victim was arguing with two suspects when he was shot around 1:35pm Friday afternoon at Main and Central Streets
Police administered first aid before the victim was taken away in an ambulance.
“It’s getting worse, it’s bad and it’s getting worse. So it’s just like, you have kids and you’re concerned and like what’s going on and you’re just scared for them” said Annette Perez of Springfield.
The shooting happened right in front of a Dunkin Donuts at the corner of Main and Central Streets, the area has since reopened. Dunkin Donuts told 22 news it hasn’t affected business at all.
It has, however affected people living in the area, many concerned with the increase in violence especially during the day.
“I already don’t go out after dark because it’s not a great neighborhood, and there was a stabbing right over here yesterday. So it’s getting pretty dangerous” said Pat Maione of Springfield.
Someone was stabbed at the same intersection Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours earlier. Springfield’s Major Crimes unit is investigating Fridays shooting.
They’re looking for two men, one wearing a white t-shirt and the other a black t-shirt. If you have any information you’re asked to call the Springfield Major Crimes Unit.
The victim is currently in critical but stable condition, police say he may have suffered two gunshot wounds to the back.
If you have any information you’re asked to call the Springfield Major Crimes Unit at (413) 787-6355.