Shooting victim identified


Jose "Joselito" M. Rodriguez, 31, has been identified as the deceased in Friday night's shooting at the Southpoint Apartments, 266 East Hadley Road in Amherst.

A 28-year-old man who also sustained multiple gunshot wounds remains at UMass Memorial Medical Center of Worcester. 

No arrests have been made.

The incident remains under investigation by Amherst Police, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office and MSP Crime Scene Services.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Amherst Police Department at (413) 259-3015, or to text a tip to the anonymous tip line at 274637.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


An arrest warrant has issued for the person who shot and killed one man, and injured another, last Friday evening at the Southpoint Apartments in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The Amherst Police Department, in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, obtained the arrest warrant Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Massachusetts.

“Although the issuance of an arrest warrant is a significant and positive development, this remains an active and ongoing investigation,” said Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.

Witness interviews are still being conducted, and identification procedures being employed.  For these reasons, we cannot release the suspect’s identity at this time, and have obtained impoundment orders in connection with any materials filed in connection with this case.  The suspect’s identity will be released once he is apprehended, and the DA’s office and police would ask for the media’s cooperation in maintaining the integrity of the ongoing investigation in the meantime.

Local and state authorities are actively seeking the suspect, who is believed to no longer be in the Amherst area.

The surviving victim, who underwent surgery at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, continues to recover, and is expected to be released in the near future.