Feeding Hills residents still shaken up over active shooter situation

Hampden County

A Feeding Hills neighborhood was turned into a battleground Monday night, as multiple law enforcement agencies responded to reports of gun shots at 74 Brookline Avenue. 

Residents on Brookline Avenue and Belvidere Avenue were evacuated.

“I got scared my husband and I locked our doors and stuff but we were hoping it wasn’t anyone close to us,” said Darleen Moretti of Feeding Hills. “You get scared, you never expect it to happen here.”

Agawam Police said Michael Kerr fired 20 rounds of ammunition in and outside his home within the first hour of the stand-off, with at least one round striking a home next door. Police found Kerr dead inside his home from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. 

22News spoke to a woman who used to live next door to him.

“He lived basically by himself,” said Kay Landry now of West Springfield. “He does have a brother, two brothers actually, but he was quite a loner, but he would meet me at the mailbox and talk to me.” 

Residents were allowed back into their homes after midnight, more than 8 hours after the stand-off began. 

Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis told 22News multiple guns were found inside Kerr’s home. They are investigating what caused Kerr to begin shooting. 

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