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Man wanted on attempted murder charges in Greenfield shooting caught in Springfield

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Police arrested Jean Rivera, 22, following a shooting in Greenfield last month. (GPD) Police arrested Jean Rivera, 22, following a shooting in Greenfield last month. (GPD)
Police say 25-year-old Jose Velasquez was arrested on attempted murder charges. (GPD) Police say 25-year-old Jose Velasquez was arrested on attempted murder charges. (GPD)
25-year-old Jose Velasquez was captured in Springfield. (GPD) 25-year-old Jose Velasquez was captured in Springfield. (GPD)

A man who was wanted for attempted murder after police say he and another man fired a gun at two victims in Greenfield was captured in Springfield on Thursday night.

Springfield police arrested 25-year-old Jose Velasquez on a warrant for attempted murder with a handgun, assault with a dangerous weapon and other firearm related charges. Police have not yet released the details of his arrest.

Greenfield police extended their appreciation to the public for their assistance in the investigation.

Officers responded to the Leyden Woods apartments at about 8:25 p.m. on Oct. 29 after receiving a report of shots fired. As police were arriving on scene, a man called police and complained that someone tried to shoot him and another person.

An investigation determined that an argument broke out between a small group of people and Velasquez pulled a hand gun out of his waistband and pointed it at the two victims. Jean Rivera, 22, then grabbed the gun from Velasquez and loaded a round in the chamber, according to Greenfield police officials.

Velasquez then took the gun back and started to fire it in the air and towards the victims, police said.

The victims did not suffer any injuries, but a vehicle in the area sustained damage to a rear window and a small hole through the tailgate.

Rivera, who lives at the Leyden Woods complex, was found and charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness, malicious destruction of property, firing a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm without a license, disorderly conduct and two counts of attempt to commit murder, according to an arrest report.

Greenfield police are still searching for Velasquez, whose last known address was at the Leyden Woods complex. He is wanted for for attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and other firearm-related charges.

If you know the whereabouts of Velasquez please do not approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous. If you see Velasquez, you are asked to please call 911 immediately.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Greenfield police thanked the members of the local Massachusetts State Police and the Ballistics and Crime Scene services, as well as the Franklin County Sheriff's Department who helped in the investigation.

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