Springfield residents react to recent violence

Officers are still investigating the recent robbery.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two people were beaten with sticks and robbed in Springfield early Sunday morning.

Springfield Police Sgt. Erwin Green told 22News the latest attack took place in the area of 51 Fort Pleasant Avenue.

The two victims told police that they had been approached by a group of five people, were beaten by sticks and robbed.

The victims went to the McDonalds on Main Street in the South End for help and were taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center for minor injuries, Sgt. Greene said.

Residents I spoke with said it’s not uncommon for violence to occur in this neighborhood. Just last month there was a shooting outside the same apartment building.

Ulises Ramirez has lived in the area for four years. He says he’s seen the violent trend and tries to avoid going out during the overnight hours. “Things get a little better in the winter, but people brave the weather. They come out and you know they do whatever, but in the summertime is when it gets worse, said Ramirez.

Ramirez said he has noticed more police in the community trying to interact with residents but it is a difficult task.

Officers are still looking into the recent robbery.