A baby died after a pregnant woman on a bus was hit by gunfire during a shooting that injured “multiple” people in the Massachusetts city of Holyoke on Wednesday.
“This victim, who was pregnant, was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The infant, who was delivered, and needed life-saving medical services, tragically passed away,” said Hampden District Attorney Jim Leydon in a statement.
All suspects in the case have been identified and after being taken to hospital are in custody, he added.
Officers responded to multiple calls of gunshots near the intersection of Maple and Sargeant Streets at around 1.00pm ET Holyoke police said.
Responding officers found multiple people suffering from gunshot wounds and said the scene is still “active.”
The exact number of victims has not yet been released by authorities, who are warning people to stay away from the scene.
“Holyoke Police are investigating a shooting at the intersection of Maple and Sargeant Streets. Shortly before 1pm, 911 operators received multiple calls for help along with notifications from ShotSpotter,” police stated.
“We can confirm that there are multiple victims and this is an active and ongoing investigation. Please avoid this area, we will provide another update this afternoon.”
This is a live blog covering a shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Police confirm ‘multiple’ victims in shooting
Mayor aware of shooting but few details made public
Holyoke Mayor Joshua Garcia’s office says that he is aware of the shooting.
“Shortly before 1 pm today there was a shooting at the intersection of Maple and Sargeant Streets in Holyoke. There were multiple gunshot victims. The police investigation is active and ongoing,” the office said.
State police say some victims were on bus
Massachusetts State Police spokesperson David Procopio said a preliminary investigation indicated “some of the victims were on a bus that was passing through the area”, reported WGGB/WSHM.
Three people shot, including one bus passenger, state police say
Three people, including one bus passenger, were reportedly shot Wednesday afternoon in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Police received 911 calls and ShotSpotter alerts shortly before 1pm today that multiple individuals had been shot near a downtown intersection.
One of the victims was reportedly on a bus passing through the intersection, according to Mass Live, citing the state police.
At least three people shot in Holyoke
At least three people were shot including one person on a passing bus, according to state police.
State police spokesperson Dave Procopio told the Associated Press that the shooting came after “an altercation among people on the street.”
Multiple victims in shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts
The shooting occurred hours after the city announced its ShotSpotter system had detected more than 100 gunfire incidents since March.
The shooting occured hours after the city announced its ShotSpotter system had detected more than 100 gunfire incidents since March
Holyoke shooting: Baby dies after pregnant mother on bus hit in shooting that left ‘multiple’ wounded
Police have arrested three male suspects.
Police have arrested three male suspects
Baby dies after pregnant woman hit by gunfire
“On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 12.38 p.m. members of the Holyoke Police Department responded to a reported shooting in the 100 block of Sargeant Street,” said Hampden District Attorney Jim Leydon in a statement on Wednesday.
“It appears three male suspects were involved in an altercation, during which a shooting occurred. It is believed one of the rounds from that altercation struck a public transportation bus and an uninvolved female occupant, who was seated in the bus.
“This victim, who was pregnant, was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The infant, who was delivered, and needed life-saving medical services, tragically passed away.
“All involved suspects are believed to have been identified and transported to nearby hospitals and are in custody.
“This incident is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office and the Holyoke Police Department.”
Shooting took place after police praised ShotSpotter system
“ShotSpotter works. This morning, the Holyoke Police Department will unveil alarming data regarding its ShotSpotter program. More than a hundred shootings, and only 14 calls to 911 for help since the program started,” HPD said on Facebook on Wednesday.