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Springfield police identify 19-year-old victim of drug related homicide

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A K9 officer was called to the scene to help locate the suspect. A K9 officer was called to the scene to help locate the suspect.
Springfield police detectives investigate a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of the John A. Sullivan apartment complex. Springfield police detectives investigate a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of the John A. Sullivan apartment complex.
Police secured the area while detectives investigated the shooting. Police secured the area while detectives investigated the shooting.
Detectives could be seen going in and out of the apartment buildings within the complex. Detectives could be seen going in and out of the apartment buildings within the complex.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) - Police investigated a fatal shooting that occurred in the parking lot of the John A. Sullivan apartment complex in the city's Liberty Heights neighborhood Monday afternoon.

The victim who was killed was identified by Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney as 19-year Joseph Gorecki, of Hampden. 

The second victim was a 21-year-old male that suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was treated at the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room. 

It was about 2:30 p.m. when Springfield police officers responded to a "shots fired" call in the area of 181 Nursery St., which is less than a half mile from Mercy Hospital.

Both victims were taken to Mercy by a civilian in a private vehicle. Gorecki, who sustained a serious gunshot wound, was quickly transported to the Baystate Medical Center Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead. 

The suspect was described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans and was armed with a black handgun.

Delaney said the homicide appeared to be drug related. 

The crime scene was secured and detectives determined the gunshots were fired in the parking lot. They could be seen going in and out of apartment buildings during their investigation. Detectives could also be seen photographing the crime scene and taking video around the apartment buildings.

The Springfield Police Department Forensic Unit responded as well a K9 officer to help locate the suspect.

Detectives from the Springfield Police Department Homicide Unit were following leads and talking to witnesses on Tuesday. No arrests have been made, Delaney said. 

Commissioner John Barbieri has already had ordered extra patrols in that area.

“We're patrolling the area where our analytical data shows are high-risk, but if people are going to continue to meet for clandestine purposes they put themselves at a much higher risk," Barbieri said. “It is very hard to protect these individuals who continue with this type of behavior.”

Barbieri called the homicide a tragic loss and vowed to use his investigators to bring the individual responsible for the death to justice.

This was Springfield's fourteenth homicide of 2014.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of his family. 

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