Springfield residents react to weekend violence

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield residents are on edge after two people were shot and wounded in two separate shootings Sunday.

The first occurred near the intersection of Hancock and Orange Streets, at around 8:15 Sunday night. A man was shot in the back near Johnny Appleseed Park.

Less than two hours after that shooting, police were called to Lincoln Street in Springfield. That’s where they found another gunshot victim, who was wounded in a separate shooting. That victim had been shot in the cheek.

Both victims were rushed to the hospital by ambulance, and are expected to be ok.

Springfield resident Willie Mcleod told 22News he thinks most of the city’s violence can be connected back to guns. “I think they need to take the guns off the streets, because, people are shooting, that’s all people do up here, is shoot each other,” he said.

Gun violence isn’t the only problem police have been dealing with. A man was stabbed in the city’s North End on Friday, and two days earlier, a man was killed after he was beat with the leg of a table on Armory Street in Springfield.

Springfield resident Tanya Morris told 22News the problem isn’t guns, the problem is the people committing the crimes. “It seems to be that it’s all within people who know each other. I don’t necessarily feel unsafe walking through the city streets, but I know that it’s very much prevalent, and everything has been in a concentrated area over the past couple of weeks. It seems like it’s getting more and more progressive,” she said.

Major violence in Springfield is down compared to this time last year. There’ve been 6 homicides so far this year, compared to 11 at this time in 2015.

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