Holyoke and state police investigate shooting of man in neck at 570 Appleton St., probably drug-related

HOLYOKE — Two men were in custody Tuesday and police continued to investigate the apparently drug-related shooting of a man struck in the neck at 570 Appleton St. about 3 p.m.

The man’s injuries were not life-threatening, Lt. James Albert said.

“They are in custody. Fair to say drug-related. This is drug stuff, turf stuff,” Albert said.

The men who were arrested were in a car, which police chased and from which police on Elm Street recovered a tossed-out automatic pistol, said Albert, who credited Massachusetts State Police with making the arrest.

“They were right there. They were great,” Albert said.

Osvaldo Vargas, 24, and Damien Alvarado, 18, both of Holyoke, were being booked and facing numerous weapons and drug charges. They were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Holyoke District Court, he said.

The shooting occurred across from the 7-Eleven store, which is at 539 Pleasant St. It was unclear if the victim also was in a car or on foot, Albert said.

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