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Springfield Mayor Sarno will announce new police initiatives following 2 Sunday shootings

March 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – Following two early Sunday morning shootings, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said he and Police Commissioner John Barbieri are planning new and increased policing programs in the city.

Sarno was not specific about the plans. The announcement will come later in the week, said Marian Sullivan, spokeswoman for Sarno.

"Commissioner Barbieri and I will announce a major new police academy and expanded policing initiatives in our downtown and neighborhood areas," Sarno said in a written statement.

Police responded to two shootings within a half hour early Sunday morning. The first, reported by the city's ShotSpotter noise activation system at 3:37 a.m. around 2400 Main St., left one person injured.

The victim was apparently standing across from the McDonald's fast food restaurant when the shooting happened. He was hit once in the leg and suffered a non life-threatening wound. He was brought to the hospital in a private car, Springfield Police Lt. Scott Richard said.

The second shooting happened shortly after 4 a.m. near 100 State St. No one was injured but police found shell casings, a gun and did arrest someone in the crime.

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