WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Westfield police have made an arrest in a shooting in the downtown area on Friday.
Police Captain Michael McCabe told 22News that Raymond Michael Boissanault, 22, of West Springfield, was arrested on Main Street in Westfield Monday night.
During the incident, McCabe says, a man was shot in the leg near Chapel and Mechanic Streets Friday night. The victim has since been released from the hospital.
McCabe told our media partner, the Westfield News , that the shooting victim and a woman who was with him had initially told police that they were the victims of a robbery. They had since changed their story; saying that Boissanault and the woman were having an argument, during which time he pulled out a gun and pointed it at her. The man got between Boissanault and the woman, and was shot during the ensuing struggle between the two.
He told 22News that it is important that people know that this was not a random act. "We don't want the citizens of Westfield to be fearful," McCabe said.
The new information helped detectives, led by Sgt. Stephan Dickinson, to Boissanault, McCabe told the Westfield News.
Boissanault faces several charges, including two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with attempt to murder, a single count assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and a single count of assault with a dangerous weapon, and a count of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. He also faces additional weapons charges, and a single count of possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, as McCabe says Boissanault was found to be carrying more than an ounce of marijuana at the time of his arrest.