Two wounded in shooting at Hadley Walmart

Hampshire County

HADLEY, Mass (WWLP) – Two men were wounded and a man and a woman have been arrested, following a reported shooting at the Walmart store on Route 9 in Hadley Sunday night.

According to Hadley Police Lieutenant Mitchell Kuc, officers received several 911 calls about possible shots fired inside the store just after 10 p.m. Kuc says police were able to get a description of the suspects’ vehicle from people who saw the incident, and that vehicle was found a short time later, with the driver and passenger being detained.

While taking the two into custody, a separate vehicle drove into the parking lot containing two people who had been shot. Police quickly redirected their focus to assisting the injured.

Laurie Loisel, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, told 22News the victims, both 18 and 19-year-old men, are being treated at Baystate Medical Center for serious injuries. One shot in the face and leg and the other shot in the arm and chest.

Loisel said investigators don’t believe the shooting was random. Alvarez-Vargas allegedly shot the two victims inside the bathroom in Walmart. Witnesses and surveillance video indicate Alvarez-Vargas left Walmart in a vehicle with Keyla Fernandez as a passenger. The vehicle was stopped on Russell Street by Hadley Police.

Following the incident, a section of Route 9 between East Street and Mill Valley Road was closed for nearly two hours. Kuc says the investigation both at the Walmart and the alleged shooter’s car led to the discovery of two handguns were located as well as undisclosed amounts of substances believed to be heroin and cocaine.

The suspects, 26-year-old Wilmer Alvarez-Vargas of Chicopee and 32-year-old Keyla Fernandez of Holyoke, were arraigned Monday morning at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

Wilmer Alvarez-Vargas pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Tuesday, August 31. Alvarez-Vargas is charged with the following:

  • Armed assault with intent to murder (two counts)
  • Charges of possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a Class B substance (cocaine) with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a firearm without a license
  • Possession of ammunition without a license

Keyla Fernandez pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $5,000. She is due back in court September 20th on the following charges:

  • Accessory after the fact
  • Misleading a police officer
  • Possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a Class B substance (cocaine) with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a firearm without a license
  • Possession of ammunition without a license

The incident is being investigated by the Hadley Police and detectives from the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the office of Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.

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