Gunshot victim killed, police investigate scene on E. Columbus Ave. in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - There have been 18 fatal shootings in Springfield so far this year. City leaders say they are continuing their efforts to address gun violence in the community.
“I am just totally upset about this going on in our city. I love the city of Springfield and quite frankly it breaks my heart every time I hear somebody that has passed away to senseless violence,” said Springfield city councilor Lavar Click-Bruce.
Another fatal shooting in Springfield on Thursday claimed the life of an unidentified man.
According to Springfield police, officers responded to the 500 block of East Columbus Ave before 2 a.m.
Officers found the victim who had been shot and provided first aid. He was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
“I did have a conversation with police superintendent Cheryl Clapprood. She did let me know that they do have some leads on the suspect or the situation I should say. It’s an ongoing investigation at this point,” said Click-Bruce
Click-Bruce says the safety of Springfield citizens should be the highest priority.
“Our city must be safe, our residents must feel safe and I am doing everything in my power to make sure that the police commissioner knows where we stand as a community and as a city council. Targeting those high-crime areas to make sure we have a police presence in those areas. Also, we’re trying to come up with preventative measures each and every day,” stated Click-Bruce.
He says conversations remain ongoing city-wide as leaders continue their work to combat gun violence in Springfield.
“When something happens, we’re actually working on stuff, ongoing. I had a conversation with Bishop Talbert Swan this morning too so that’s an ongoing conversation we are trying to implement,” noted Click-Bruce.
If you have any information regarding this incident you’re asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 413-787-6355 or to anonymously text a tip you can text crimes to 274637.
An investigation into this latest shooting is ongoing by the Hampden District Attorney’s office.
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