Alejandro Ramos and Johnluis Sanchez will face murder charges in connection with a shooting incident in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Ramos, 22, was arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Thursday, while Sanchez, 30, remains hospitalized and will be formally arraigned once his condition allows. Additional charges are expected for both suspects.
The shooting occurred on Wednesday at around 12:38 p.m. when police responded to an altercation involving three male suspects. A pregnant woman, who has not been identified, was shot while seated on a public bus passing through the area. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but tragically, the infant, who was delivered, did not survive.
Authorities are searching for a third suspect but do not believe the public is at risk, according to Holyoke Police Chief Mark Pratt. The Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office and the Holyoke Police Department are conducting the investigation.
Holyoke Mayor Joshua Garcia expressed condolences to the woman’s family and announced the establishment of a relief fund for them. He also pledged to work with city officials to ensure public safety and develop a plan to address acts of violence in the community.
Witnesses reported a chaotic scene outside the Almonte Market 2, where the shooting took place. According to Jose Almonte, the store manager, a man who had purchased juice was attacked by two others outside the store, leading to gunfire. Multiple shots were fired, resulting in injuries to several individuals.
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority confirmed that one of their buses was involved in the incident but declined to provide further details due to the ongoing investigation.