HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The suspect in a deadly shooting at the Holyoke Mall Saturday night has been identified as a 23-year-old Springfield resident.
Kenneth Santana-Rodriguez pled not guilty to charges of murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is being held without bail. Santana Rodriguez is accused of shooting an innocent bystander during a fight around 7 p.m. Saturday at the Holyoke Mall.
According to the Hampden County DA’s office, it happened at the Touch of Beauty Hair & Nail Salon within the mall. The victim is believed to have been helping Santana-Rodriguez when another person walked into the salon. A confrontation between Santana-Rodriguez and that person began and the DA’s office says it quickly escalated into a shooting.
The victim was caught in the crossfire and died before he could be taken to the hospital, according to the DA’s office. The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Trung Tran of West Springfield.
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Santana-Rodriguez is scheduled for court on February 27th in Holyoke District Court.