SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Police have arrested a 22-year-old Springfield man on charges that he stabbed to death a 40-year-old man outside a public housing project.

Springfield police Capt. Robert McFarlin says Michael Ruiz was arrested Sunday evening in his apartment, about eight hours after he allegedly stabbed the victim several times in the parking lot of the Duggan Park housing complex.

The killing capped a violent weekend during which four people were stabbed and four others were shot in unrelated incidents.

The Republican newspaper of Springfield reports that the incidents included a drive-by shooting that injured a 17-year-old and a robbery attempt where a couple were both shot in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.

Other incidents include a 20-year-old Springfield man was seriously injured after he was stabbed in the neck and throat.

Information from: The Springfield Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

AP-ES-06-29-08 1923EDT

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