Weekend shootings continue violence concerns in Springfield

Police are piecing together a pair of shootings

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police are trying to combat the violent crime that has been an issue throughout the city.

Violent crime in the city of Springfield has been an issue for decades. To fight the continuous battle, Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri has made a push to work more with the community in solving the cases.

Around 2 o’clock Sunday morning, a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg near the intersection of Dwight and Worthington Street. He is expected to survive, but one of the biggest issues that police are running into is uncooperative victims.

Springfield Police Lt. Richard LaBelle said a nearby patrol officer saw the shooters among four men that got into a small car and took off from the area. After a pursuit, officers were able to find one of the men in a cemetery and he was arrested and charged with trespassing.

Jeremy Porter of Westfield said, “The shootings and stuff don’t really surprise me. You know, all the gangs and everything else that’s going on here. But with a lot of people, you’re going to have a lot of crime and stuff like that going on.”

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But the violence is surprising to unsuspecting families. At 11:30 Friday night, a 53-year-old woman was found shot in her stomach by the corner of Marion and Bay Street. Family members say she is a corrections officer in Enfield, Connecticut, and a mother of four.

Peter Liasznick of Ludlow said, “It’s insane. I won’t even, a lot of people my age won’t even come to downtown Springfield anymore.”

Police are still piecing together both shootings; if you have any information you are asked to contact them.

The Springfield Police Department has not yet identified either of the victims.

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