2 dead in Holyoke shooting, single shooter sought

The two victims had an argument with an unknown person who shot them

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Two people were shot and killed in Holyoke early Monday, and the search is on for a killer.

The District Attorney revealed two gunshot victims were found dead on a second floor rear porch on South Summer Street around 1 a.m. Monday.

Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman, James Leydon told 22News that the victims were shot and killed after an argument with an unknown individual.

“It appears the two victims arrived at the second floor apartment where an altercation took place with a third party, who remains unknown,” Leydon said.  “During the course of the altercation, the unknown subject appears to have fired several shots at the victims, and then fled the scene on foot.”

No one has been arrested and the DA isn’t releasing the names of the victims yet. Two people were murdered in an area where Holyoke Police consistently make drug busts.

“Too many drug related, and all that, can’t even be in the street no more it’s scary,” said Debra Rivera of Holyoke.

There’s going to be a rally and vigil on Monday night, the theme, take back our streets.

“We as a neighbor are rallying to say that we are united we are together this is a safe neighborhood we want the world and the community to know that South Holyoke isn’t unsafe that we as neighbors look out for each other we care for each other,” Nelson Roman, Ward 2 City Councilor told 22News.

Nelson Roman represents South Holyoke. He told 22News this once notorious area has improved and this shooting came as a shock.

“We have seen violent crimes decrease in the last couple of years, so we feel safer, but it is a reminder there is always work to do in a neighborhood,” said Roman.

That vigil and rally starts at 7:15 p.m. at Carlos Vega Park.

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