CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The Chicopee standoff news was instantly shared across social media platforms and our viewers typed in many responses. View some of those comments below.
I just want to let you know Holyoke Catholic High School is also on lockdown. Parents of those students might want to know their children are also safe.
- Adam Shea
I was in the drive-thru at the Dunkin Donuts attached to the Shell station and heard the first initial shots. Four rapid shots one after another. Employees in the store must have called police. First responder showed up right as I was pulling out of the parking lot and drove up and down the street. Do they know if anyone was injured in the first shots?
- Dan Lorenzatti
On the pike near exit 9, saw 2 massive armored trucks heading toward Chicopee!
- Laurie Abert
Special recognition to Chicopee Officer Dave Benoit who managed to get Trooper Vasquez into his cruiser while under fire and get him to the hospital.
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"i was so close that the inside of my car smelled like gun powder for a while"
- [Comment From Ms. May ]
I feel for this family for the kid the mother and the shooter. what is going on in these peoples minds when they commit such heinous acts.
- [Comment From Paul M ]
Scary, I drove right by that gas station with my kids at 7:25 - 20 minutes before shooting started
- [Comment From Concerned citizen]
At least all of the children and people nearby are safe and the state trooper that was shot is going to be okay
- [Comment From Concerned citizen ]
Makes me proud to know that I am studying criminal justice and did a huge article on how reactive the Chicopee Police are, good job!
- [Comment From Guest ]
Thank God That Little Boy is safe !!! Police Did a GREAT JOB!!
- Mary Marek Holman:
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to the officer...thanks for rushing in so bravely to help contain the situation...
- Noelle Gingras Vachon:
I hope when all of this is over, (and I'm praying everyone will be okay), the crossing guard gets the recognition she deserves for saving those kids lives by getting them out of the line of fire! She deserves an award from the city for her heroism!
- Jocelyn O'Gara 'Daisee':
Nice tanker there filled with gasoline,, parked outside of a gas station.. It could be worse...
- Keith Rauh:
I would like to thank the quick acting crossing guard who is also a paraprofessional at bowe school and for my kid - if it wasnt for her many more children might have been in harms way because she did that they did reverse 911 to inform us the school was on lock down so we were able to keep our kids home and safe
- Melissa Gamelli:
More people need to be like Ward Hamilton, help without a thought,while others are running away,Mr Hamilton, you sir are a hero. to think of others before thinking of yourself!!
- April Ptaszkiewicz:
Bravo to our state police and local law enforcement for an excellent job today!!!!
- Stephen Tapp:
With everything that could have happened today..... Mass state police, chicopee police and all involved GREAT JOB!! Officer Vasquez I pray for a speedy recovery! We need ya back ASAP!! Thank you! I also think the state of mass should send him and his family on a vacation for his heroism!! Great job guys!!!
- MASS STATE POLICE:
MSP entry point at shooting scene in Chicopee. Suspect deceased inside. Potential Haz-Mat situation. Trooper shot has non life-threat injuries.
An armed standoff in downtown Chicopee between police and suspect has ended.
- Elysia Rodriguez
Chicopee mayor: "this could have been armageddon"
- Nick Bannin:
Incredible new video of shots being fired and sounds of "trooper down" from Chicopee shooting on #WWLP
- Shannon Halligan:
State police searching ground and building for ballistic evidence on West Street#WWLP #ChicopeeShooting pic.twitter.com/X9AHhnQe
- Jackie Brousseau:
Neighbor says reunion between 8-year old boy who was held hostage and mother was emotional.
- Laura Hutchinson:
State police is letting us get a little closer to the scene in a few minutes to take pictures.