Springfield police arrest two, seize illegal firearms after shooting

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SPRINGFIELD — In the early hours of Thursday, Springfield police arrested two men and confiscated two illegal firearms following a shooting incident.

The episode began around 1:50 a.m. when officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Dickinson Street due to a ShotSpotter activation.

They found evidence at the scene shortly before an adult male victim with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds arrived at Baystate Medical Center.

Springfield Police Crime Analysts at the Real-Time Analysis Center (R-TAC) utilized city cameras to track down the vehicle involved.

After distributing a photo of the vehicle to officers, a traffic stop was attempted.

The driver, Antonio Vega, fled at high speed and subsequently crashed on Longhill Street.

Vega, 24, and his passenger, Julio Nunez-Jimenez, 24, were both taken into custody.

A spent shell casing was found in Vega’s pocket, with another in the vehicle, which also contained two illegal firearms, including a loaded “Ghost Gun” with a 14-round capacity, and crack-cocaine.

Vega, out on bail for prior charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, and Nunez-Jimenez, recently released from prison with two prior firearms convictions, face multiple charges including possession of a large-capacity firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, and possession of a Class B drug.

Vega faces additional charges related to vehicle operation and fleeing police.

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