Springfield Police investigate afternoon shooting on Worthington St.

There were 2 shooting near Worthington and Armory streets in less than 24 hours

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Springfield police putting down evidence markers behind an apartment building at Worthington and Armory Streets on Monday, September 5, 2016.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There were four shootings in the past three days in Springfield, and police told 22News they’re getting very little cooperation from residents.

Labor Day afternoon, Springfield Police were investigating the firing of gunshots, less than 24 hours after a shooting near the same intersection.

Jose Arroyo of Springfield said, “It’s going to get maybe worse, I don’t know man. We don’t stop these young people you know. People need help you know there’s a lot of rough things going on you know.”

Springfield Police Captain Cheryl Claprood told 22News the latest shooting took place near Worthington and Armory Streets around 12:30 Monday. Officers did not find any victims in the area, or damage to any nearby property.

Our 22News crew could see police officers picking up shell casings and putting down evidence markers behind the apartment building at 937 Worthington Street. Clapprood said a total of seven shell casings were picked up there; four of which were 24 caliber shell casings, and three were 22 caliber shell casings.

She said a man was briefly taken into custody following the shooting to see whether he had any involvement in the shooting or any warrants, but he was released.

On Sunday night, a man was shot in the stomach on Dwight Street just before 10:30. The victim told police a Hispanic man shot him while trying to steal his gold chain. Then, earlier Sunday night, a man was shot at 942 Worthington Street. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. So far no arrests in either Sunday night shooting.

Derek Carpenter of Springfield said, “All summer long it’s been pretty fine until recently, then all of a sudden this past weekend the guy got shot down at Mardi Gras and then the shootings up here. I mean I go to the store all the time with my son and my daughters and now it’s at a point where I don’t even really feel comfortable doing it.”

Police arrested a suspect charged with shooting two victims Saturday night at 133 Melha Avenue. Police said the two victims are expected to survive.

Captain Claprood identified the suspect as 45-year-old Israel Lopez who also lives on the street the shooting occurred. He’s charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a firearm violation.

Lopez will be arraigned in Springfield District Court Tuesday.

UPDATE: Labor Day weekend ends in Springfield with more shootings

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