SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield's Brightwood residents are breathing a sigh of relief after a shooting at a popular park ended without any serious injuries.
The Springfield Police Detective Bureau is now taking over the investigation into the incident at Kenefick Park on Wednesday afternoon, when a man involved in a domestic dispute confronted police, who shot him in the leg.
“I came in, cooked. I said 'let's do homework and then we'll go to the park,'” Springfield resident Lucy Zuniga told 22News.
There was nothing out of ordinary for Clyde, Plainfield and Sanderson Street residents until dozens of Springfield police officers and detectives blocked off the park to investigate the shooting.
Just after 3:00 P.M., a police officer shot a man in the leg after he pulled out a knife and refused to drop it.
Police said he'd smashed is girlfriend's car window, and the woman called police for help.
Chestnut Middle School is on the other side of the playground. Neighbors told 22News that they consider this an isolated incident, and they hope the neighborhood continues to remain safe for children.
Jimmy Torres of Springfield said “Everyday. Everyday they play over there. They are the most important thing, our children.”
These residents are glad police responded quickly.
Zuniga said “I saw the police presence this weekend also, and I like it.”
Jose Claudio of Springfield said “We've been dealing with C-3 policing for a while, so we've been working on it with police. We have street leaders. Usually we walk to school. Parents are really involved, going to the park and everything. It's a safe neighborhood, and we want to keep it that way.”
Springfield Police have not released the name of the man who was shot, but Sgt. John Delaney told 22News he may face assault and battery charges.