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Despite a violent week, police say crime is down in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A shooting in Springfield sent police officers to Liberty Street overnight.

This, just one of several violent incidents in the city this week.

Police told Western Mass News they found bullet casings, but did not find anyone hurt on scene.

According to a witness they saw two men chasing another behind Salerno's Pizza in Springfield.

This is the 5th violent incident reported in the city this week.

A man died from a gunshot in the hospital overnight Tuesday. That shooting happening on Worthington and Federal streets and the DA’s office is currently investigating it as a homicide, the fourth in the city of Springfield this year.

A bullet also hit a woman's foot during a shooting on Cherry Street on Tuesday as well.

In addition to those shootings, little is known about a stabbing that followed Tuesday afternoon.

A teenager was also stabbed Monday on State Street, after a gathering outside the Burger King quickly turned violent. An 18-year-old man drove himself to the hospital with a stab wound near his waist.

Springfield police told Western Mass News any urban city will face challenges with illegal gun violence, saying in a statement:

"Tragically, Boston has had 15 homicides, Chicago has had 137, and in Springfield, 4 homicides so far this year. The Springfield Police Department will continue to focus on public safety."

While we have seen an uptick in violence this week, police have made it very clear that violence is actually down in the city. Their statement continues:

"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."

Last year alone, crimes against people were down 15 percent.

The city's police commissioner, along with mayor Domenic Sarno said the public is partially responsible for the encouraging numbers.

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