SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two men were arrested in Springfield Tuesday night shortly after a 21-year-old was shot on Burr Street.
Acccording to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, officers were called to the area of 70 Burr Street just before 6:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired. There, he says officers found the 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where Delaney says he is in good condition.
Witnesses allegedly told the officers they saw a silver car leave the area after the shooting. Soon after, Delaney says officers began following a car that matched the witness’ description before pulling it over on Sycamore Street.
Officers allegedly found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the car, as well as crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and packaged marijuana. As a result, 29-year-old Maurice Baker, of Springfield, and 42-year-old Rafael Boynton, of East Hartford, Connecticut, were arrested.
The two men are being charged with:
- Possession of a firearm without a license
- Possession of ammo
- Possession of a Class B substance with the intent to distribute
- Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute
- Possession of firearm in the commission of a felony
- Possession of a firearm with prior violent offenses
Springfield Police Captain Robert Strempek told 22News Tuesday night that neither the suspects nor the victim were cooperating with police, and said the victim was a known gang member.
Delaney says additional charges are possible as the major crime unit continues to investigate the shooting.