SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two people were shot and wounded Saturday night in the city’s Liberty Heights neighborhood.
“I want everyone to know our block is a safe place to live in,” said longtime resident Bernardo Mattui.
Springfield Police Lieutenant Scott Richard, told 22News two people were shot at 133 Melha Avenue, in the city’s Liberty Height’s neighborhood. The shooting happened Saturday night, around 8:30 p.m.
Captain Brian Keenan told 22News the two victims were rushed to Baystate Medical Center, and are expected to be OK.
Marine veteran Ramon Trouche, who lives a few houses down from where the shooting occurred, told 22News he was enjoying a typical Saturday night.
“I put my daughter to sleep and then I came down to my porch. And we’re sitting there, talking to my brother, relaxing and then we heard the gunshots,” said Trouche.
Mattui has lived on Melha Avenue for over a decade, he told 22News a bullet has no name. “You could be out and a bullets not meant for you, and you may be the one unfortunate to take it. This community needs to be a lot more safe.”
Captain Brian Keenan told 22News the suspect will be arraigned in Springfield District Court Tuesday. The suspect is charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
The cause of the shooting is unknown.