Springfield Mayor: Recent shootings involved repeat violent offenders

9 people have been shot in Springfield since Friday morning

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Multiple shootings in Springfield have left a lot of people fearful about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News these were targeted shootings involving drugs and gang members. 

Jose Rosa of Springfield said, “I used to be involved in the gangs, and these young kids need to stop the violence. We’ve got to do something about our community because it’s getting worse.”

Between Saturday and Tuesday, shots have been fired on six different streets in Springfield; three shootings have taken place on Worthington Street. A man was shot in his head and chest as he stood outside his car on Worthington Street Tuesday night, and several shots were fired in Springfield’s Liberty Heights neighborhood.

Dominic McIntyre said he recently started taking classes at Springfield Technical Community College, and the frequent shootings are nerve wracking; “It makes me hesitant to come to this area.”

Mayor Sarno explained to 22News that the people involved in these shootings are repeat violent offenders, who are arrested and then released on bail. He said, “I ask the courts and I ask our jail system to make sure that these individuals are held and not let go and put back on the streets of urban America and Springfield.”

“It’s kind of crazy walking around out here, you never know what happens; but at the end of the day, as long as you keep your nose down and stay out of other people’s business, you’ll be good,” said Nathanael Rivera of Springfield.

Mayor Sarno said some arrests have been made, and police have identified other suspects.

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