SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield shooting victim, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was upgraded to “stable condition” Monday night.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that police officers, responding to a “ShotSpotter” activation, discovered a 17-year-old shooting victim lying in front of the Wesleyan Church on White Street at 3:45 Monday afternoon. The victim had been shot several times.
Delaney told 22News, “The young victim stated that he was in front of the church when two males came up and started shooting at him. The victim was not being cooperative.”
Witnesses told police they saw a grey colored “foreign car” drive away after the shooting.
Delaney said the victim is expected to survive.
Police said this was not a random crime, and is believed to be related to gang activity.
A section of White Street was closed for a couple of hours. Evidence markers were set up on the sidewalk and the lawn of the Springfield Wesleyan Church, at White and Grand Streets. 22News counted at least 13 yellow cones marking the locations of spent shell casings from a semi-automatic firearm.
The area of the investigation is just a few blocks from the site of the city’s most recent homicide. Twenty-five year-old Anthony Serrano died from gunshot wounds he suffered while inside a car at Malden and Allen Streets on June 7. His death marked the 12th homicide of 2015 in Springfield.