Four arrested in Holyoke following gunshots; separate drive-by shooting probed

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Staff Writer
Published: 8/22/2021 3:59:40 PM

HOLYOKE — Four people were arrested early Saturday morning and charged with firearms violations, after police heard gunshots and chased a carload of suspects through Holyoke and Chicopee, finally stopping their car on High Street in Holyoke.

In a separate incident reported early Saturday, police are investigating a suspected drive-by shooting on Homestead Avenue — the second such shooting on that street in just four days.

Arrested following the discharge of shots and the car chase were Nicolas Flores, 24, Danielle Gebo, 34, and Angel Ramirez, 39, all of Holyoke, and Benjamin Rivera, 32, of Springfield. All were charged with carrying a firearm without a license, and possession of a firearm and ammunition without an FID, police said.

A Smith & Wesson M&P (.45 caliber) was recovered from the suspects’ car, police said.

Ramirez has also been charged with failure to stop for police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and “numerous Chapter 90 violations.” There was no report of any injuries.

According to police, an officer on patrol near the Holyoke Public Library heard several gunshots at about 3 a.m. Saturday. As he approached the library, he saw several people in the adjacent park and heard screaming.

When some of the people ran to a nearby car and drove away with their headlights off, the officer began pursuing them in his cruiser, police said.

Other Holyoke officers joined the pursuit, which ranged into Chicopee and then back to Holyoke before the suspects’ car was stopped. Chicopee Police and the Massachusetts State Police were alerted to the pursuit, Holyoke Police said.

In the Homestead Avenue incident, police received a report at 2:15 a.m. Saturday of shots being fired on the street. According to a police statement, officers who were “familiar with the residence determined it was another drive-by shooting.”

A drive-by shooting was also reported Wednesday on Homestead Avenue.

Several 9 mm casings were located at the scene on Saturday and collected by the Criminal Investigation Bureau, police said. No injuries have been reported, police noted, and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Holyoke Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau at (413) 322-6900.

The events on Saturday come in the wake of what Police Capt. Matthew Moriarty recently told the Gazette was “definitely an uptick” in gun violence in the city.

Steve Pfarrer can be reached at spfarrer@gazettenet.com.




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