SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Two deadly shootings within 24 hours time and within several blocks of each other in Springfield.
Feleisha Thompson of Springfield told 22News, "The killings in Springfield are out of control. It's out of control."
The first happened on Magazine Street around 2 o'clock Saturday morning. A man and woman were shot in the back and chest. Both were initially put in critical condition, but the woman later died, Springfield Police Captain Trent Duda told 22News.
Then, according to Springfield Police Lt. with the Detectives Bureau, Trent Hufnagel, there was another shooting outside the La Favorita mini mart on the corner of Walnut and King Street around 9:30 Saturday night. A man, who family members say had just had his 29th birthday, was shot and died shortly afterwards.
Michelle Watson claims to have been his girlfriend, "But you just never think it's going to be you or your family, or someone you love. Nobody in a million years," said Watson.
Police say they've been searching for answers in the most recent shootings while community members are crying out for help.
"There's a lot of killings and nothings being done and it just keeps happening, people keep losing family members and no one is doing anything about it," said Feleisha Thompson.
Friends, family, and community members gathered outside the bodega where the 29 year old man was shot to build a memorial and pray for peace.
Antasia Rogers, a family member of one of the victims, told 22News, "His kids, his mom, my grandma has to go through pain. My grandma got six kids, but nobody should have to bury their kids, nobody should have to bury their kids, nobody should have to go without their father. Dudes and stuff like this they just keep killing and killing and it's like the system don't care."
Tekya Murphy, another victim’s family members, told 22News, "So many innocent people are dying, bystanders, everything’s happening. So certain times of night you definitely don't want to walk alone you don't want to walk around a certain neighborhood."
"It just needs to stop, it just needs to stop. Like there are too many moms burying their kids," said Michelle Watson.