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Multiple people shot in downtown Holyoke

HOLYOKE, MA – An investigation into a Holyoke shooting, involving multiple victims, is underway. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

When our crews first arrived earlier in the afternoon, there was a massive police response at the intersection of Maple and Sargeant Streets. Holyoke Police told us this is where a shooting took place and there were “multiple victims.”

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For much of the afternoon, police cruisers could be seen constantly coming and going from the scene.

Mass. State Police spokesperson David Procopio added that a preliminary investigation indicates one victim was “on a bus that was passing through the area.”

“The shooting is believed to have stemmed from an altercation among several people. There is not believed to be any ongoing threat to the public,” Procopio added.

Our Western Mass News cameras also captured multiple people standing around watching the police response on the scene and, even now, there are still a few people who remain in the area and are keeping a close eye on what’s happening.

We are awaiting further information from police, but some of the people told us they believe some of the shots were fired inside a PVTA bus that remained on the scene until 3 p.m. We spoke with Boyd McCray of Chicopee, who said he was waiting to catch a different bus to Chicopee before everything happened.

“I heard about eight shots. I was standing on the street, waiting on the bus, and I just heard pop, pop, pop, pop, then I saw one police coming down and then I saw about a thousand more come after that,” McCray explained.

There is no word from police on a suspect or suspects and there is no further information on the victims at this time.

Maple Street is currently closed between Sargeant Street and Hampshire Street and drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

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