SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- As police continue to investigate the shooting death of a man in the Five Town Plaza parking lot in Springfield over the weekend, we are learning more about the victim.

We spoke with the victim's family, who identified him as Alexis Martinez.

So far, the Hampden County District Attorney's office has not able to speak with us on the record about the investigation, but we went to the plaza on Monday to look further into how close the shots were fired to a busy parking lot.

It was a Saturday afternoon in broad daylight when someone shot Alexis Martinez while he sat in the driver's seat of his own Jeep.

Police said that Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Martinez's family reached out to Western Mass News and told us that Martinez leaves behind a child and multiple youth organizations for which he volunteered.

The family told us: "His death was a senseless act and his family and friends are beyond devastated."

Though the shooting happened just yards away from a busy supermarket, those shopping in the area told Western Mass News that they don't feel this specific incident compromises their safety.

"I don't think they would just shoot any person shopping at the Big Y or eating out at any of the restaurants," said Maria Ford.

Tom Neubauer added, "This sounded like it was targeted. It would be good to not have so many guns around, but I don't know what you can do about that. There's 300 some-on million guns out there. You're not going to get them all."

The circumstances surrounding this shooting are still under investigation.

If you have any details or saw anything on Saturday afternoon, you're asked to call the Springfield Police detective bureau at (413) 787-6355.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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