SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s Liberty Heights neighborhood is known to be relatively quiet with little violence, but residents say that has all changed.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that police were sent 27 Ontario Street, around 7 o’clock Sunday night, for the report of a shooting. A 56-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center and is expected to be okay.
Sgt. Delaney added that another drive-by shooting was reported in the same area of Ontario Street, 2 weeks before, on May 22nd.
James Torrey of Springfield said, “The first one, it didn’t really mean much to me, but now that another one happened within such a short period of time, it’s kind of alarming you know. You see that everyone is gathering around the neighborhood and you know it’s making a lot of people concerned.”
“I can’t believe what’s going on, being a disabled vet you know I’m not really used to seeing it around neighborhoods and stuff like that, but it’s happening and I just can’t believe it’s making its way here,” said Mike Sullivan of Springfield.
Residents said they’ve seen more of a police presence in their neighborhood, and there has been talks about putting more surveillance cameras up.
Police are still looking into both of the shootings that occurred.