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Students warned of shooting near AIC; police locate shell casings

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Students at American International College received two text alerts warning them about a shooting that took place nearby the campus Wednesday night.

This comes just one day after an AIC student dining facility was struck by a bullet ricochet while a student was inside.

Springfield police responded to the intersection of Burr and Montrose streets at about 8:45 p.m. after receiving numerous reports of shots fired in the area. Police also received reports of shots fired on Maynard Street.

According to Candy Lash, spokesperson for AIC, David Kuzmeski, AIC chief of police, sent out the following text alerts to students at about 9 p.m. as a precaution:

“Possible shots fired. There has been a report of possible shots fired in the Maynard Street area. There was no shot-spotter activation, but Springfield police received calls from Maynard Street residents that they heard what may be shots fired. Springfield is investigating now and further information will be sent when it is available.”

A second message was sent out minutes later:

“All students are advised to make certain that they take the shuttle and avoid walking in the Maynard Street area and to report any suspicious activity to campus police.”

A third alert was sent out to notify students that police had recovered numerous bullet shell casings while investigating on Burr Street, Lash said.

The “Hive,” a student dining café, was stuck by gunfire on Tuesday night. The same building was struck by a bullet on March 30.

Lash said students have the choice to use campus police as an escort after the campus shuttle stops running at 2 a.m.

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