HOLYOKE, MA – In a heartbreaking incident in downtown Holyoke, a pregnant woman, an innocent bystander, lost her unborn child due to a shooting that erupted in the city center, as per local law enforcement reports. The woman was aboard a public bus when she was hit by a stray bullet near an intersection shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Holyoke Police Department, responding to reports of multiple victims from the shooting, immediately transported the unidentified woman and her unborn child to a local hospital. Despite the swift medical response, the baby, delivered in critical condition, did not survive.
The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) have traced the origin of the shooting to a dispute among a group of individuals. Three men, believed to be involved in the dispute have been taken into custody. The identities of these suspects, however, have been withheld by the authorities.
Mayor Joshua Garcia of Holyoke was promptly informed about the incident. His office released a statement saying, “Shortly before 1 p.m. today, a shooting occurred at the intersection of Maple and Sargeant Streets in Holyoke, resulting in multiple gunshot victims. The police investigation is active and ongoing.”
As the investigation proceeds, residents have been advised by the Holyoke police to avoid the area.