2 arrests made in Springfield shooting incident

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Police Department has announced that two people have been arrested in connection with a shots fired incident that happened Monday evening.

According to Springfield police, a patrol officer was in the area of 16th Street and South Grand Avenue at about 7:12 p.m. when the officer heard several shots fired.  The officer says that two people were seen running southbound from the scene, and gave chase on foot.  Authorities say the officer was able to apprehend one of the subjects, identified as a 16-year-old male, in front of a home in the 1500 block of South 16th Street.

Springfield police say the second person ran inside the home, which was subsequently searched by officers.  Authorities say the second person that ran from the officer, identified as a 16-year-old male, was found in the basement of the home, along with two handguns, one of which was reported stolen.  Both individuals were taken to the Springfield Police Department for questioning.

Police say it is believed that the two suspects allegedly fired at a vehicle occupied by four people, and that this incident appears to be a continuation of an on-going feud between groups that have resulted in multiple shooting incidents throughout 2015.  Police say the suspect that was found inside the home has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, criminal damage to property, no FOID, and possession of a stolen firearm.  The other suspect was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

We will provide more details as they become available.
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