A 17-year-old boy was arraigned in court on Monday for the alleged murder of a 22-year-old man in East Springfield this weekend, according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.
This was Springfield's seventh homicide of 2015 and the third in less than one week.
The suspect, Christopher Montgomery, of 66 Glen Wood St., will be tried as an adult. He had his case continued until April 14 and was held without the right to bail.
Springfield police responded to a “shots fired” call on Lucerne Road at about 3 p.m. Sunday and found 22-year-old Rakeem Nixon, of Indian Orchard, lying unresponsive in the roadway in front of a home with numerous gunshot wounds.
Responding officers administered first aid and EMT's transported Nixon to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Detectives spoke with residents and one neighbor told police they heard four or five gunshots, then witnessed the victim lying in the road. One witness was able to provide police with a description of the shooter.
Delaney said an “all cars” alert was broadcasted out by dispatch that described two males that were seen fleeing the area of the shooting.
Witnesses stated that one of the subjects fled the scene on a bicycle and took off towards North Branch Parkway.
While driving to the scene of the crime, a patrol officer observed an individual on a bicycle fitting the description of the suspect. He attempted to stop the subject, but the individual fled on his bike. Police caught up with the man, but it was determined he was not responsible for the shooting, Delaney said.
Detectives from the Major Crime Unit Homicide Division were called in and the investigation continued into the evening. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant and search warrant for a suspect's home.
Police went to the 17-year-old suspect's home and arrested him without incident. He was charged with murder, carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and carrying a loaded firearm, according to an arrest report.
“Police Commissioner John Barbieri praised the work of the first responding uniformed officers along with the quick work by the Detective Bureau for making an arrest of this 17-year-old juvenile,” Delaney said. “Commissioner Barbieri stated that this 22-year-old victim died because of a senseless act of violence.”
The neighborhood of Lucerne Road was unnerved after the shooting, according to Delaney.
“Commissioner Barbieri stated that this was an isolated incident and the neighborhood is a safe one,” Delaney said.
Barbieri promised extra patrols in the vicinity of the homicide to calm citizens' fears, Delaney said.
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