West Springfield Police looking for shooting suspect they say is “armed and dangerous”

Courtesy of the West Springfield Police Department

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  A shooting occurred in West Springfield late Thursday afternoon in a parking lot outside of Veterans Park, off of City View Avenue.

Chief Campurciani told 22News this was not a random shooting.  The victim knew the gunman.  The victim, who is a man from West Springfield, was shot in the lower abdomen.

Chief Campurciani says the victim was alert and conscious when he was taken to Baystate Medical Center.

Police are looking for the shooter who they say is 21-year-old Jose Marte of Cold Spring Avenue in West Springfield.

West Springfield Police say Marte is armed and dangerous and may be in the company of a 19-year-old woman.

Police say the couple may be traveling in a 2006 gray Ford Freestyle SUV with a Massachusetts license plate number of 4EM442.

Anyone with information on Marte location please contact the West Springfield Police Department at 413-263-3210. If you see him, alert police immediately.