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Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno expresses anger over weekend violence, will push for shutdown of nightclub – MassLive.com

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SPRINGFIELD – Following a homicide, a stabbing, a shooting and another violent incident that ended with an officer firing his weapon over the weekend, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno vented anger against a local nightclub and with the court system.

The four incidents occurred in a seven-hour period between Saturday night and early Sunday and left one man dead, two injured and at least three people facing criminal charges.

“What the hell do you have to do to keep these miscreants locked up and off our streets?” Sarno asked, saying some of the people involved in the weekend violence had criminal records.

Sarno said he will also push for the revocation of licenses for Club Aquarius, where one man was seriously injured in a stabbing outside at about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, just after the State Street nightclub closed. The stabbing occurred a month after a police officer was shot twice in the arm while breaking up a fight that is believed to have started in the club.

“They have shown a propensity that they cannot control their establishment – with that, I will, by moving to shut them down,” Sarno said.

He said he has asked Licensing Director Alesia Days to schedule revocation hearings of any and all licenses for Club Aquarius.

Two people shot at Officer Edwin Irizarry and a second police officer, who was not injured, from different directions in the April 14 incident in the Dunkin’ parking lot across the street from Club Aquarius. Another person who was also in the parking lot at the time of the gunfight battle was struck by gunfire but not seriously injured. A total of four people have been arrested in connection to the shootings.

At the time Sarno said there had been no problems at the club previously and the business owners promised to work with the city and police.

Arrests have been made in at least three of this weekend’s crimes, but in the stabbing at Club Aquarius, the man charged was not directly involved in the fight, said Ryan Walsh, police spokesman.

Police have also been vague about the arrest made in the homicide that occurred at about 7 p.m. on Boston Road and have not released the name of either person charged. The name of the male victim was also not released.

“Some arrests have already been made, leads being followed and a clarification of one incident is pending,” Sarno said.

Police did release the name of a Holyoke man accused of ramming into two cruisers while trying to elude officers on Interstate 291 at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Demetrius Smith, 24, faces multiple charges. During the incident, an officer, who was afraid of being pinned against the guardrail, shot at his car but did not hit Smith, Walsh said.

No arrests have been made in the shooting of a man near 800 Main St. in the South End of the city. The victim was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Walsh said.

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