State troopers assigned to the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of this morning’s fatal shooting of a man who was found on the ramp from West Street to Route 91 northbound in Springfield.
The victim has been identified as Jose M. Gonzalez, 44, of Chicopee.
At approximately 3:01 a.m., a Shot Spotter device near the McDonald’s on Main Street was activated by a gunshot. Springfield Police officers responded to the activation and located the victim on the nearby on-ramp. No vehicle was found on the ramp. Because the body was located on a ramp to a state highway, Springfield officers contacted State Police from the Springfield Barracks, who responded along with State Police detectives attached to District Attorney James C. Orenstein’s office and State Police Crime Scene technicians.
Mr. Gonzalez was transported by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. The number and location of gunshot wound(s) are not being released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation. For the same reason, State Police at this time are not commenting on where the shooting is believed to have occurred or any possible motives.
A short time after the shooting West Springfield Police located a sport utility vehicle that had crashed into a traffic island and had been abandoned on Beauview Terrace in that town. Further investigation revealed that the SUV was registered to Mr. Gonzalez, the Springfield shooting victim. The vehicle was processed for evidence.
Initial reports that a man who was arrested on warrants near the abandoned SUV previously may have fled from the vehicle have proved to be inaccurate. While troopers and officers located a man in proximity of time and location to the abandoned vehicle, and arrested him on outstanding warrants unrelated to the shooting, further investigation has not connected him to the SUV or the shooting. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.
The ramp where the victim was found was closed for several hours this morning as the scene was processed for evidence. It was reopened around 6 a.m.
No further information is being released at this time.