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Uptick in gun violence this week in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

There's been an uptick in gun violence in Springfield this week. 

On Monday night one victim died while another is still recovering from gunshot wounds.

In addition to those two shootings, a teenager was stabbed Monday afternoon after a group of teenagers gathered outside the Burger King on State Street, and we are still working to learn more about a stabbing that occurred Tuesday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses told Western Mass News the gathering  on State Street quickly turned into a violent brawl, and according to Springfield police, an 18-year-old man drove himself to the hospital with a stab wound near his waist.
 
Hours after the neighborhood disturbance, Springfield police began investigating a shooting near Worthington and Federal streets where a male gunshot victim died at the hospital overnight.

That incident is now being handled by the Hampden County District Attorney's Office.

Not too long after the deadly shooting on Worthington Street, a bullet hit a woman's foot during a shooting on Cherry Street. 

In a statement to Western Mass News, a spokesperson for the Springfield Police Department said that any urban city will face challenges with illegal gun violence. 

While there has been an uptick in gun violence this week, crime in Springfield continues to decrease. It is down 45 percent in the past five years and is down 6 percent already this year, while nationally the trend is in the other direction. Tragically, Boston has had 15 homicides this year, Chicago has had 137. The Springfield Police Department working with the Hampden County District Attorney's Office will continue to focus on public safety.

There have been 4 homicides in Springfield this year. 

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