SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A shooting in broad daylight shocked residents in Springfield’s lower Forest Park neighborhood Thursday. The victim was shot on Sachem Street just before 2:00 p.m.
“I’ve lived here for 15 years, and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened on my street. I’m nervous, I’m a little shaky, a little too close to home,” said Natasha Johnson of Springfield.
The Springfield “Shotspotter” system picked up the sound of six gun shots. Police responded and found a 28-year-old man, who’d been critically wounded. He later died after being taken to the hospital. The shooting on Sachem Street marked the third shooting in the city within 24 hours.
Two men were shot on a porch on Worcester Street in Indian Orchard the previous night. Police believe it was part of drug robbery. A few hours later Wednesday night, a drive-by shooting on Catherine Street. The driver was not hurt, but he refused to cooperate with police.
One lifelong Springfield resident, who asked not to be on camera, told 22News that he has never seen so much violence in the city. “This is ongoing and it seems like it’s getting worse and worse, it has to end, we have to do something about this gun situation and this retaliation. It’s just senseless it’s got to end.”
Police have yet to arrest or publicly identify any suspects in these shootings. If you have any information you’re asked to call Springfield Police at 413-787-6355.