NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampshire County residents told 22News on Wednesday that they’re not surprised politicians have become the newest target of violence.
Residents said that they don’t believe this kind of violence will happen in western Massachusetts, but local politicians should be prioritizing their safety.
While the motive remains unclear, NBC News reported that the gunman walked over to the crowd watching the baseball game, asking if the politicians were Democrats or Republicans.
Residents told 22News that they speculate the gunman was taking out his political frustrations.
Tonya Gibbs of Northampton said, “I’m not really surprised that politicians are being targeted right now, because of the news as of late, since the election, everything has been pretty volatile.”
Northampton resident Alexander Galarza told 22News, “Not everyone is an enemy. Not everyone is to blame for everything. We just have to take some time to talk about the situation.”
22News contacted Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, City Council President Bill Dwight, and Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman, to ask how they feel about their security following this attack. None of the local leaders wanted to comment.