Residents hoping for calm after night of violence in Springfield

Shots fired, stabbing, robberies reported within hours across city

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield residents and police are hoping for a quieter night in the city Thursday, following a violent Wednesday.

Within hours, there was a stabbing, a shooting, two robberies, and gunshots fired.

Around 6:30 Wednesday night, a man walked into Baystate Medical Center, shot twice in the head and once in the leg. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that the man was reportedly shot in a heroin deal gone wrong by Main and East Hooker Streets in the North End.

As police were investigating the shooting, residents waved them down, saying that a man robbed a food truck and pistol whipped the vendor on Main Street near Jefferson Avenue. Police arrested Carlos Merced of Springfield in connection with that incident.

Then, just after 9:00 P.M., Sgt. Delaney said that a son stabbed his father on Stevens Street. The son was arrested nearby, the father is expected to be okay.

Around 10:30 P.M., police found shell casings from guns fired near the corner of State and College Streets.

The nighttime violence came as little surprise to some local residents.

“Wow, well, that’s usually the normal thing that happens down here in Springfield,” Jose Sanchez of West Springfield said.

22News tried contacting Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno about how he plans to prevent another night like this in the future, but he was unavailable for comment.

One mother told 22News that she finds neighbors stay in their homes and lock their doors.

“I prefer to be safe, and as long as you’re doing right in your household with kids and stuff, you can just pray that everyone else wants to do the same thing,” Lakisha Collins of Springfield said.

During the violence elsewhere in the city, Police Lieutenant Brian Keenan said that the Citizens Bank branch on Island Pond Road was robbed. In that case, police are looking for a tall black man with a short white beard.

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