- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts police say a man has been fatally shot near an elementary school in Springfield, and they suspect the shooting was related to drugs and gangs.

Springfield police responded to a disturbance shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and found a wounded man on a walkway near DeBerry Elementary School. Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney says the man died later at a hospital. Police identified him as 26-year-old Lamar P. Kelly, of Springfield.

Delaney says detectives found a large bag of white powder on Kelly, possibly cocaine, and they don’t believe the shooting was random. Delaney says police are looking for a gray Honda that sped away from the neighborhood about the time of the shooting.

Commissioner John Barbieri has ordered extra patrols in the Union Street area throughout the weekend.

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