Man arrested in connection with shooting in Springfield, woman injured


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 25-year-old man was arrested for allegedly shooting a woman in the area of Franklin Street in Springfield Thursday night.

According to Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh, around 10:40 p.m. officers were called to the 100 block of Franklin Street for a disturbance. While on the way, officers received information that there were shots fired at that location. When officers arrived they observed blood, a shell casing, and bullet holes in a car.

A short time later a woman gunshot victim arrived at Mercy Medical Center and was later taken to Baystate Medical Center where she remains there with serious injuries.

Walsh told 22News, after 11 p.m. a second gunshot victim, 25-year-old Steven Keita, arrived at Mercy suffering from a minor gunshot wound to his forearm. He was also taken to Baystate.

Further investigation determined that Keita shot the woman during this incident. He is charged with the following:

  • Carrying a firearm without a license
  • Carrying a loaded firearm without a license
  • Firearm-armed assault to murder
  • Assault and battery with a firearm
  • Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building
  • Malicious damage to a motor vehicle
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon

Keita was released from the hospital and booked at Springfield Police Headquarters. Walsh said detectives are investigating to see if a second shooter was involved.

Information regarding Keita who was arrested will be released once he is arraigned as detectives continue to investigate and speak with witnesses.

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