Police in Springfield are investigating an afternoon shooting in the city's Forest Park neighborhood.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told Western Mass News that one person was shot on White St. around 3:45 p.m. Monday.
Western Mass News has learned that the victim of this shooting, a 17-year-old male, had his condition upgraded from critical to stable condition. He is expected to survive.
That victim was in front of the Wesleyan Church on White Street when he was shot.
The victim, who was not being cooperative with police, told investigators that he was in front of the church when two men started shooting at him, Delaney said.
This was not a random crime and is being considered gang related.
Monday's shooting occurred in the same neighborhood where Springfield resident Anthony Serrano recently shot and killed. He was gunned down at the intersection of Allen and Malden Streets.
Residents who live in the neighborhood told Western Mass News that besides the recent rise in violence, it's a typically quiet neighborhood.
The pastor of the church where this all took place in front of said he's been here for 16 years and never has had an incident like this take place.
"Quite surprising. The phone call we received makes you wonder the reason for it. It's awful. We don't know how to talk about our issues out without pulling out a gun to do it," said Pastor Larry Fair of the Wesleyan Church,
Investigators said that they are searching for two male suspects who fled in a Honda
Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Detective Bureau at (413) 787-6355.
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