Dispute over drugs led to Springfield shooting, witnesses say

Juan Pinero, Cesar Trinidad, and Roberto Camacho facing charges including assault with intent to murder

Three suspects charged in a November 28 shooting on Central Street in Springfield. From left to right: Juan Pinero, Cesar Trinidad, and Roberto Camacho. Images Courtesy: Springfield Police Department.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An argument over drugs led to a late morning shooting in a Springfield parking lot Monday, witnesses told police.

Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney says that the suspects in the shooting- Juan Pinero, 27, of Springfield, Cesar Trinidad, 23, of Holyoke, and Roberto Camacho, 29, of Holyoke, were all arrested within an hour of the incident.

3 arrested following shooting on Central Street in Springfield

Delaney says that police were called to the 1 Stop Plaza at 494 Central Street at 10:50 Monday morning, for a report of a gunshot victim there. The victim, a 25 year-old man, had been taken to Baystate Medical Center in a private car. Witnesses told police that the victim had been standing in a parking lot, when three people drove up in a black Infiniti SUV and began arguing with the victim about illegal drugs. During the argument, one of the three men pulled out a gun and shot the victim, before they drove off.

A description of the SUV was given out to local police departments, and state troopers and Holyoke police officers saw the vehicle on I-391 in Holyoke. They pulled the SUV over near the end of the highway, and witnesses were brought over from Springfield to verify the identities of the suspects. They were arrested, and face the following charges:

  • Assault with intent to murder
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
  • Assault by means of a dangerous weapon
  • Discharging a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Possession of ammunition

Police Commissioner John Barbieri expressed thanks to the officers from his department, the Holyoke Police, and the State Police, for making the three quick arrests.

The victim is listed in good/stable condition at Baystate Medical Center.

Pinero, Trinidad, and Camacho will be arraigned Tuesday in Springfield District Court.

Photos: November Mug Shots