Springfield Police investigate 6 shootings in a period of 3 days

There were more than five shootings in three days

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An arrest has been made in one of two shootings that occurred in Springfield on Monday.

Springfield Police Captain Brian Keenan told 22News, police arrested a suspect on Webster Street at around 11:00 Monday night, for allegedly shooting a victim in the shoulder on Halsey Street, a couple of hours earlier.

That was just one of several incidents that occurred in Springfield on Monday.

Earlier that afternoon, Springfield Police Captain Cheryl Claprood told 22News shots were fired on Worthington and Armory Streets around 12:30; less than 24 hours after a shooting took place near the same intersection. Officers did not find any victims in the area, or damage to any nearby property.

Hours later, around 5:40 p.m., Springfield Police Lt. Mark Rolland said someone in a car fired several small caliber bullets into a front door on Oak Street in Indian Orchard. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Then, around 5:57 p.m., there was a large police presence at the Robert Dyer Circle. Lt. Rolland said two men were shot while they were sitting in a car in front of 131 Robert Dyer Circle. He said six to seven shots were fired from a passing silver Volvo; the driver was described as a black man, and was the only person in the car.

One of the men shot suffered two gunshot wounds, Lt. Rolland said; one in the shoulder and one in the back. The other man’s head was grazed by a bullet. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment and are expected to be okay.

The silver Volvo was stopped by police around 9:00 p.m. Monday near Beech Street. Lt. Rolland said it was the car they were looking for, and “They have detained the two occupants.” He said Major Crimes Unit Detectives are questioning the two people, but no one’s been arrested in the Robert Dyer Circle shooting so far.


The shootings on Monday are in addition to several other shootings that happened over the past three days in Springfield. On Sunday night, one man was shot on Dwight Street and another man was shot on Worthington Street. Police also arrested a suspect charged with shooting two victims Saturday night on Melha Avenue.

Residents are on heightened alert. Derek Carptenter 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.”

So far, no arrests have been made in either Sunday night shooting. Both of those victims are expected to survive.

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