Springfield police investigated a shooting in the city's Mason Square neighborhood that left a man in critical condition Tuesday evening.
Police responded to Reed Street at about 5:30 p.m. after receiving 911 calls and a ShotSpotter activation. Police found a 27-year-old man near 25 Reed St., suffering from gunshot wounds to his lower torso, according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney, the department’s police information officer.
“The victim was getting out of a vehicle in a known high crime area and was shot while walking into a dwelling,” Delaney said, adding that the victim is known to the Springfield Police Department.
Officers provided first aid to the man and spoke with witnesses on scene.
Police searched the area for a suspect, who Delaney described as a black man in his twenties wearing no shirt, long jean shorts and black and white sneakers. Witnesses told police they saw the gunman run towards Homer Street, which is parallel to Reed Street.
Officers did locate the gun used in the crime on Homer Street, but no arrests have been made.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was in critical, but stable condition, Delaney said.
Lt. Maurice Kearney of the Springfield Police Department Major Crime Unit took charge of the investigation and detectives under his command gathered evidence at the crime scene.
Numerous evidence markers could be seen on Reed Street Tuesday evening while the road was closed to traffic and detectives investigates the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing.
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