Springfield police issue arrest warrant for suspect in Sci-Tech school shooting

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SPRINGFIELD — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 20-year-old man in connection with a shooting at the High School of Science and Technology, Springfield Police announced Thursday.

Chantz Dudley of Chicopee is accused of entering the school’s hallway armed with a gun on Monday, March 11.

He allegedly struck a victim in the head with the weapon before firing a shot through a window.

No one was reported injured by the gunfire.

Springfield Police Detective Bureau, led by Captain Trent Duda, identified Dudley as a suspect shortly after the incident.

Following an investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for Dudley’s arrest on Wednesday on multiple charges, including discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Dudley faces additional charges of malicious destruction of property over $1,200, carrying a firearm on school grounds, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and armed breaking and entering daytime for a felony putting a person in fear.

At the time of the shooting, Dudley was already out on bail for previous firearms charges related to a September 2022 incident at the Eastfield Mall.

He is currently at large, and authorities consider him armed and dangerous.

The Springfield Police Department urges anyone with information about Dudley’s whereabouts to contact the Detective Bureau at 413-787-6355 or submit an anonymous tip via text message.

They advise the public not to approach Dudley and instead call law enforcement.

Officials also encourage Dudley to surrender himself at the nearest police station or the Hampden County Hall of Justice.

On the day of the incident, Springfield officers arrested 22-year-old Josiah Livingston inside the school on assault and battery charges.

Livingston was held on $25,000 bail.

Authorities have stated that all individuals involved have been identified, and additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

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