Update: Kenneth Santana-Rodriguez charged with murder in Holyoke Mall shooting
On Saturday, January 28, 2023, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Holyoke Police Department received numerous emergency calls concerning an active-shooter event occurring at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, 50 Holyoke Street, Holyoke. Members of the Holyoke Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police responded to the scene and mounted a response accordingly. Emergency calls to the Holyoke Police Department revealed that the shooting occurred at the Touch of Beauty Hair & Nail Salon within the mall.
Uniformed law enforcement officers were informed of an armed subject within the salon. Upon entering the salon officers encountered the subject who was taken into custody without incident, and in possession of a firearm.
The suspect, Kenneth Santana-Rodriguez, 23, of Springfield, was transported to the Holyoke Police Department and charged with: murder, and assault & battery with a dangerous weapon.
Entering the salon officers discovered an injured male who ultimately died on scene as a result of his injuries. The deceased is believed to have been attending to the suspect and his party when another individual, who is known to the suspect, enters the salon. A confrontation between the suspect and this individual begins and quickly escalates into a shooting, leading to the victim being shot. The identity of the deceased will be provided once proper family notification has occurred.
This is an active homicide investigation currently being conducted by the Holyoke Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden DA’s Office, and the Hampden District Attorney’s Office’s Homicide Unit.
Kenneth Santana-Rodriguez is expected to be arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Monday.
Holyoke Mall shooting suspect in custody; no further threat to public safety relating to this incident
The Holyoke Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office is currently conducting a homicide investigation from a shooting that occurred earlier this evening at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside.
Members of the Holyoke Police Department responded to the mall at approximately 6:59 p.m. for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival a male victim was discovered at the scene and a suspect was immediately taken into custody.
The incident, which resulted in a fatality, occurred between two known parties. The victim was an innocent bystander to a confrontation between two other people.
There is no ongoing public safety threat as it relates to this incident.
This is an active homicide investigation currently being conducted by the Holyoke Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden DA’s Office.