Officials claim that a guy from Massachusetts stormed into his neighbor’s home on Monday, killing her and injuring her grandchildren before shooting himself to death.
According to a press release from the Hampden District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, police officers responded to reports of shots fired. They arrived at a residence in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday afternoon.
According to authorities, Kim Fairbanks, 52, and Victor Nieves, 34, were found dead on the floor by Springfield Police Department officers.
The prosecution named Nieves as the alleged shooter.
Three kids, aged 5, 10, and 12, were discovered in a bedroom by Springfield police after they had searched the house, according to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office. Two of the kids had gunshot wounds, according to the authorities.
The 12-year-old child is at Baystate Medical Center in stable condition, while the 10-year-old daughter was airlifted to Boston Children’s Hospital and is listed in serious condition.
ABC News confirms the news on its official Twitter account:
A Massachusetts man allegedly broke into his neighbor's home, killed her, and injured her grandkids before fatally shooting himself with a gun, officials say. https://t.co/M1Gpwl5lMZ
— ABC News (@ABC) August 16, 2023
The five-year-old youngster suffered no physical harm. According to the prosecution, the three kids are Fairbanks’ grandkids and are siblings.
Anthony D. Gulluni, the district attorney for Hampden, said in a statement that he was “profoundly sorry” for the children and their families and that he “remains deeply saddened by this tragic attack.” Without a doubt, this is among the most horrific and cruel acts I have seen in my role as district attorney.
An initial investigation by the Springfield Police Homicide Unit and the Hampden District Attorney’s Murder Unit revealed that Nieves, who resided in the multi-family home’s upstairs apartment, forced his way inside the first-floor apartment and started shooting at those inside before committing suicide.
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“This is an absolute tragedy, and I am praying for this family. In my forty-plus years at the Springfield Police Department, this is one of the most heart-wrenching incidents I can remember,” Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl C. Clapprood said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of my officers who were the first responders that were able to get these children to Baystate as rapidly as they did. We are holding a debriefing for those officers and will provide any support that we can because most officers won’t have to encounter a scene like that in their entire career.”
The Hampden District Attorney’s Office and the Springfield Police Department are looking into this.
“My heart goes out to the parents of these children and the family and loved ones of Ms. Fairbanks. As investigators, we will do everything we can to support this family as we move forward and close the criminal investigation,” Gulluni said.
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