Springfield police made multiple arrests in connection with a murder that occurred in the city's Forest Park neighborhood early Friday morning.
An 18-year-old was shot and killed following a heated verbal argument in front of a convenience store, according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.
Police responded to the Racing Mart at 685 Summer Ave. just before 2 a.m. after someone reported that shots were fired.
An argument ensued between two different groups outside the store before someone pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots. The two groups then ran in different directions, Delaney said.
One suspect, identified as Nathan Cruz, 19, of 241 Mill St., was arrested on a warrant Sunday and charged with murder, discharging a firearm, assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm without a license, and carrying a loaded firearm, Delaney said.
Cruz was held overnight and arraigned in Springfield District Court on Monday.
Police also arrested a 17-year-old juvenile on the same charges after they tracked him to a residence on Bloomfield Street on Monday morning. He was also charged as a Department of Youth Services escapee. His name will not be released, Delaney said.
He will be arraigned in Springfield Juvenile Court on Monday.
The victim has been identified as Caleb Anthony Worrell, who was also known as Caleb Daniels, of Gladstone Street, in Springfield, according to Delaney.
Worrell ran as far as 35 Bryant St., which is about one-tenth of a mile from the store, where he collapsed. Police found him lying with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, Delaney said.
Worrell was taken to the Baystate Medical Center emergency room where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2:30 a.m.
Springfield police detectives roped off the scene and a forensic team was called to gather evidence.
Detectives worked for two days to gather information pertaining to the homicide, which remains under investigation.
Commissioner John Barbieri has provided extra police patrols in known "hot spots" and high crime areas throughout the Springfield, Delaney said.
This killing was Springfield's sixth homicide of 2014.
If anyone has information on this incident, call the Springfield Police Department's Detective Bureau at 413-787-6355.
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