30+ people in street when shots fired in Springfield

The suspect allegedly tried to throw away the handgun

Courtesy of Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police arrested a 17-year-old Wednesday night for allegedly shooting a handgun in a crowd of 30 to 40 people, in the middle of Girard Avenue near Bay Street.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News officers responded to a 911 call for a group being involved in a disturbance, and one person possibly having a handgun.

When officers arrived they saw the alleged suspect, who was standing in the middle of the group, raise his hand holding a handgun and fire shots, Sgt. Delaney said. He was allegedly firing in the direction of the group, but no one was hit.

Sgt. Delaney said the group scattered and the suspected shooter also ran away as the officers attempted to approach him. After a foot chase towards Clifford and Berkeley Street, the teen ran into another officer and was arrested.

Officers saw the alleged suspect drop his handgun into a small bush and keep running while they were chasing him, Sgt. Delaney said.

Courtesy of Springfield Police Department
Courtesy of Springfield Police Department

The juvenile was charged with the following:

  • Discharging a Firearm
  • Possession of Firearm With a Defaced Serial Number
  • Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Ammo
  • Breach of Peace While Armed
  • Resisting Arrest

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