Salon worker identified as ‘innocent bystander’ in fatal Holyoke Mall shooting; suspect to face charges

HOLYOKE, Mass. — A suspect is set to face charges Monday in the death of an innocent bystander who was shot during a confrontation between two others at a salon in a Massachusetts shopping mall.

Police were called Saturday night to the Holyoke Mall for a reported shooting in the Touch of Beauty Hair & Nail Salon.

On Saturday, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Holyoke Police Department was receiving multiple emergency phone calls about an active-shooter event at the Holyoke Mall, according to Hampden County DA Spokesperson James Leydon. The phone calls revealed that the shooting was at the Touch of Beauty Hair & Nail Salon in the mall.

The victim was attending to the shooting suspect, Kenneth Santana-Rodriguez, 23, of Springfield, when another person, who is known to Santana-Rodriguez, entered the salon, police said.

A confrontation between Santana-Rodriguez and the other person began and escalated to the shooting, police said.

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Kenneth Santana-Rodriguez is accused in a fatal shooting at a Massachusetts mall.

“The victim was an innocent bystander to a confrontation between two other people,” the DA’s office said.

Santana-Rodriguez was charged with murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and is scheduled to appear in Holyoke District Court.

The victim’s identity was not released.


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