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Gunfire Near College Campus Prompts Meeting


The mayor of Springfield and the city’s police commissioner will meet with students Friday at American International College to address recent gun violence near the campus

Bullets have twice recently struck buildings on the AIC campus. No one was injured. Police say the gunfire was from gang members feuding on nearby streets. 

AIC President Vincent Maniaci sent letters to parents and students stressing the campus is safe.

" I believe our campus is as safe now as it has ever been. Unfortunately we can not control the sporadic gang violence that takes place from time to time in our community," he said.

After a private city hall meeting Thursday, with local, state and federal law enforcement officials, Mayor Domenic Sarno vowed “a full- court press” to combat the gang violence.  Police appealed for the public to help identify the gunmen.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.