State Police are investigating a fatal shooting and possible carjacking near Interstate 91 in Springfield early Friday, authorities said.
At 3:01 a.m., a ShotSpotter device near a Main Street McDonald’s restaurant notified Springfield police of gunfire in the area, State Police said in a statement. A short time later, Springfield police found Jose M. Gonzalez, 44, of Chicopee, on the Exit 9 onramp of I-91, with gunshot wounds. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, State Police said.
Because Gonzalez was found on an interstate, Springfield police called in State Police to assist in the investigation. A short time later, West Springfield police found a car that had crashed into a traffic island and been abandoned on Beauview Terrace in that city. The car belonged to the victim, police said.
A man was arrested nearby on outstanding warrants, but contrary to initial reports he appeared to have had no connection with the shooting or possible carjacking, State Police said. No arrests have been made in the carjacking case.
The onramp in Springfield was reopened by 6:17 a.m.
The shooting is under investigation by the office of interim Hampden District Attorney James C. Orenstein .Kiera Blessing can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.