SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Crime is occurring in the city of Springfield whether it be at night or during the day and there is no bias as to what neighborhood it is occurring in.
Denise Descoteaux, from Springfield, told 22News, “It’s disgusting, I don’t know what more we can do about keeping guns off the streets. I really don’t.”
Just after 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, two men with masks walked into the T-Mobile cell phone store on Belmont Avenue. One of the men had a gun and ordered all the employees into a back room, then ordered an employee to open a safe. The robbers stole all the cell phones and some money using a laundry bag and were last seen running away.
Prudy Maloney has lived in the Forest Park neighborhood for 38-years and says the violence just seems to be getting worse. This week four people ended up in the hospital as the result of shootings, one of them a 10-year-old girl. She explained to 22News, “The street one over from me a child gets shot, an innocent child it’s definitely a major concern. It’s very sad.”
The 10-year-old had been shot in the leg when a man fired a gun into a crowd on the corner of Euclid and Belmont Avenue. A 19-year-old woman was also shot. Both are expected to be okay, but police are still searching for the suspect. Descoteaux went on to say, “When is it going to end? When is this violence going to end? You know I just don’t know.”
Mayor Domenic Sarno has said they are going to continue to put pressure on lawmakers for stricter bail for violent offenders, but the community must also help police in seeking out violent individuals.