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HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

Holyoke police are searching for suspects following a shooting late Wednesday night.

The crime is the latest of a series, in recent weeks.

"Right now obviously we've had our two homicides, this is another shooting between ourselves and our citizens we are trying to stay on top of it," said Holyoke Police Lt. Matthew Moriarty.

The department is stepping up their patrols in an effort to combat the recent increase in violent crimes.

"Right now during these times our 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. is really staffed very well to deal with this," said Moriarty.

Moriarty says these types of crimes often become more prevalent, as the weather gets warmer.

Wednesday night police responded to a shooting in the area of Pine and Hampshire Streets. They found a 25-year-old suffering from a single gun-shot wound to the lower torso. The victim was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. He is expected to be ok, and police are still searching for the person or persons responsible.

"We've been told there were two types of ammunition, which we believe that obviously means there were two types of weapons used. We do not know how many assailants were actually taking part in this," said Moriarty.

Police say several people witnessed that shooting; however, they are not being very cooperative.

"We always tell the citizens they are really our eyes and ears," said Moriarty. "The more information we get from the citizens, the sooner these criminals can be captured and brought to justice."

City officials say they're doing everything they can to work to decrease crime. Prior to the two homicides a few weeks back, Holyoke had gone almost two years without a murder.

"We know we have some difficult and challenging neighborhoods, and we are doing what we can to address that," said Mayor Alex Morse.

Morse says the trend of violent crimes is still down as a whole, but that there is still plenty of work to be done in the city.

"The acknowledgement is we have a drug problem in the city. The vast majority of our crimes are related to drugs primarily, and we are doing everything we can to get drugs off the streets," said Morse.

Anyone with information about Wednesday night's shooting is asked to contact the Holyoke Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau at 413-322-6900 or to use Text A Tip. To send a text, messages should be addressed to "Crimes" or 274637, and should begin with the word "Solve." Then type your message and hit the send button.

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