SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The chase of a vehicle that was believed to have been involved in a shooting in Springfield, ended with a crash and one arrested in Wilbraham early Monday morning.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that more than 20 shots were fired at a home on Temby Street at around 1:00 A.M. Patrolling officers were nearby at the corner of Boston Road and Temby Street when they heard several gunshots. They then saw a white car leaving the area.
Delaney says police pulled the car over on Boston Road, and officers smelled gunpowder. As they approached the vehicle, the driver sped off. Officers followed through several sections of the city, but called off the chase when the driver entered Wilbraham.
At a house on Temby Street, officers found 14 9mm shell casings, nine .40 caliber shell casings, and four projectiles. The home’s siding was damaged, and the front door was shattered, but the residents were unhurt.
Meanwhile, police began their pursuit again after Ludlow police notified them that they were chasing the car back into Springfield. Delaney says that the pursuit went onto Boston Road, leading back into Wilbraham, where the driver crashed into a guardrail near the corner of Boston Road and Old Boston Road. Both the driver and passenger ran off, and police were able to catch the driver, identified as 28 year-old Craig McNair.
Delaney says that the passenger of the car ran into the woods and onto the nearby train tracks as a train was approaching. A police dog was brought-in to help search for that second suspect, but he has not yet been located.