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Police respond to overnight violence across Springfield

March 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police were busy Saturday night into Sunday morning with violence throughout the city. They dealt with numerous calls of shootings, and a stabbing overnight.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News a man was shot on Main Street around 3:30 Sunday morning. It’s too graphic to show, but there’s still a trail of blood on the sidewalk.

The victim was dropped off at Baystate Medical Center by a private car with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his lower left leg. Sgt. Delaney said the victim is cooperating and police have learned the shooting was a result of an argument earlier at Club Glo. No arrests have been made yet.

The police ShotSpotter system picked up the noise of gunfire in the area of 1000 State Street around 4 o’clock Sunday morning. Sgt. Delaney said officers found a car partially in the roadway near Antonio’s Pizza with Jose Cedeno walking away. When they tried talking with him, he ran away holding his waist and was allegedly seen tossing an object. They caught up and arrested Cedeno.

A police dog found a gun with the serial numbers scratched off in the area where he was seen tossing an object, Delaney said.

The ShotSpotter system also picked up gunfire on Leyfred Terrace and Belmont Avenue overnight, but nothing was found.

Mayor Sarno sent a statement to 22News that read in part:

“Once again these are late night, early morning hours, nocturnal negative individuals, who deal poison and run with gangs. Though many a times, our Springfield Police Department will receive no cooperation-quick arrest have been made and information has been forthcoming…”

At 4:30 Sunday morning, a man was stabbed in the arm on Belmont Avenue. He’s expected to be okay.

Springfield resident Felix Pena told 22News the violence always tends to increase with the warm weather. “In some ways it has gotten better, you know what I’m saying, it got okay. In some parts, well, we’re all waiting to see what’s going to happen this summer.”

Mayor Sarno and Police Commissioner John Barbieri are expected to make an announcement this week about a new police academy and expanded policing initiatives in the downtown and neighborhood areas.

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