Two victims were taken to the hospital after gunshots rained out in a gang-related shooting at a Springfield Burger King Thursday afternoon.
Springfield police responded to the Burger King on State Street around 3:15 p.m. after the department's shot spotter system picked up gunshots at the corner of State and Walnut streets, according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.
Burger King was roped off with police caution tape and authorities were not letting anyone in or out of the secured area following the shooting.
The first victim was located in the Burger King parking lot and was taken by a private vehicle to the Mercy Hospital ER with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. That victim was later transferred to Baystate Medical Center, Delaney said.
A second victim was located at the bus stop at State and Federal streets, which is across the street from the Burger King. She was taken to the Baystate Medical Center ER with a gunshot wound to the ankle, Delaney said.
A gun was located by detectives in the Burger King parking lot. Police believe a car located at 91 Quincy St. may have been involved in the shooting. That car is being held for fingerprints, Delaney said.
Delaney said police are searching for two suspects. One is a Hispanic man with dark complexion and a ponytail. He was wearing dark colored pants, he said.
Police are also searching for a black man who was wearing a white T-shirt, Delaney said. He fled from the scene east on State Street toward Hancock Street, he said.
Police laid down numerous evidence cones in the parking lot, marking where shell casings were recovered. The shooting, which was reported at 489 State St., occurred directly across the street from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) and less than one tenth of a mile from Springfield's Commerce High School.
Thursday's shooting occurred just two blocks and less than one half of a mile from 550 Union St., where an 18-year-old girl was shot and killed Monday night. Police found Springfield teen Lenezzia Clarke bleeding on the doorstep with multiple gunshot wounds. It was Springfield's third homicide of 2014.
Also this week, police recovered a loaded .25 caliber illegal handgun from a known Springfield gang member on Union Street in the city's Old Hill neighborhood, which is where these most recent shootings occurred.
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