Man in serious condition after afternoon shootings in Springfield, 4 arrested

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Four people were arrested after two separate shootings left one person with serious injuries in Springfield late Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Springfield Police Department, a shooting occurred near Wilbraham Road and Northampton Avenue around 4:15 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found a man with serious gunshot injuries and rushed him to Baystate Medical Center.

A preliminary police investigation determined that the man was arguing with another man, identified as 21-year-old Nathan Mercardo of Springfield. During the argument, an unknown individual shot the man and ran away. Mercado also left the area in a vehicle, according to police.

Shortly after, police located the car Mercado was driving near the intersection of State and Andrew streets and conducted a traffic stop. Mercado was arrested for operating without a license. No gun was found inside his car, police believe the suspected shooter is on the run.

While that was going on, a ShotSpotter activation went off on Andrew Street. Around 4:30 pm., officers stopped a vehicle on Mapledell Street that matched the description of a vehicle that left the shots fired incident. Officers arrested 26-year-old Xavier Dukes of Springfield after allegedly locating a loaded gun in his vehicle.

No gunshot victim was found in that incident, according to Springfield police. Detectives believe the shootings near Wilbraham Road and Andrew Street are related.

Dukes is facing the following charges:

  • Carrying a firearm without a license
  • Carrying a loaded firearm without a license
  • Possession of a high capacity magazine/feeding device
  • Resisting arrest (2 counts)
  • Receiving stolen property less than $1200

As police continued with their investigation into the shootings, officers arrested 28-year-old Marvin Cruz and 29-year-old Tasha Cruz. Police say they initially arrested Marvin in connection with the shooting on State and Andrew Streets. It was later determined Marvin had no connection with the shooting but was still arrested for an active default warrant.

Marvin Cruz is facing the following charges:

  • Default warrant
  • Destruction of property more than $1200
  • Possession of class A drug
  • Possession of class E drug

Tasha Cruz was arrested for disorderly conduct after ignoring officers’ orders to stay away from their investigation. A section of Wilbraham Road in Springfield was closed for more than an hour following the shootings but has since reopened.

22News will continue to follow this and bring you updates as more details become available.

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