SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a violent holiday weekend across the United States.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, At least 233 people were killed by gun violence in more than 500 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July holiday. There were 618 injuries.
The trend applies to Springfield, with police responding to numerous gun-related calls.
Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, there were nine shootings leaving seven people wounded in Springfield. Three people were wounded in a shooting in Springfield’s North End early Monday morning at 3111 Main St. Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said it could be gang or drug-related.
She stressed that many units were out patrolling this weekend but since police are limited, it’s tough to get units everywhere.
“We’re not seeing the applicant coming in so I would love to put out a lot more units. I wish we had more to go out on the Fourth of July. It is what it is. We depend on our partners and they have been coming through,” said Commissioner Clapprood.
Thankfully, there were no critical injuries involved in those shootings over the weekend. Police continue to investigate what led up to the shooting.