Springfield teenager shot in the jaw on Belmont Avenue

The victim's wounds were serious, but he's expected to survive

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  A Springfield teenager is recovering after he  was shot in his face on Belmont Avenue early Tuesday evening..

Springfield Police Lt. Mark Rolland told 22News officers responded to a shot spotter activation at 151-152 Belmont Avenue in Springfield at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday.  The shot spotter indicated 4 shots had been fired. 

Police found an 18-year old Springfield man lying on the sidewalk.

“He had been shot in the jaw,” Lt Rolland told 22News.  “The bullet lodged in his neck and throat.

The victim was rushed to Baystate Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery.

Lt Rolland said, “the victim’s wounds were serious but not life threatening.”

The shooting is being investigated by the Springfield Police Major Crimes Unit (Detective Squad).

A number of police cruisers and uniformed personnel converged on the area after the shooting because of some unspecified disturbance, according to Springfield Police Lt. Kenneth Murray.  Belmont Ave. was closed for a period of time while police canvassed the neighborhood for witnesses and searched for evidence..

There have been no arrests, and no suspects named.

22News is covering this story, and will post new information as it becomes available.