Detectives Investigate after Two Men Treated for Gunshot Wounds

West Springfield Police District – Detectives are investigating after two men were treated for gunshot wounds Wednesday evening. Officers first responded shortly after 6 last night to the 5200 block of Queensberry Avenue in Springfield for a person who had been shot. Officers found Johnathan Velasquez Romero, 19, of Springfield with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his hand. Information was falsely reported to us indicating that a man with a mask was involved. Our detectives later determined that Romero’s injury was accidentally self-inflicted. Romero was charged with reckless handling of a firearm and issued a summons.

Shortly after 8 last night, officers from our Franconia Police District responded to a local hospital after a man was dropped off with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his lower body. Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this shooting and working to determine whether it is related to the accidental discharge on Queensberry Avenue.

Detectives do not have any information to indicate these incidents are gang-related or related to recent shootings in Gum Springs and Rose Hill.

Detectives from our West Springfield District Criminal Investigations Section are asking for anybody with information about this event to contact our non-emergency dispatch line at 703-691-2131. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting, or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

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