Three shootings, one stabbing within 6 hours overnight in Pittsfield


PITTSFIELD -- Police responded to three shootings and a stabbing within the span of six hours overnight Thursday and Friday. No one was hit by the gunfire, but a man was treated for stab wounds.

Detective Capt. Patrick F. Barry said the shooting incidents took place between 9 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the area of Dewey Avenue, North Street and Burbank Street in Pittsfield. The stabbing also is believed to have occurred on North Street.

No arrests have been made in connection with these incidents.

In the stabbing, an 18-year-old male was treated at Berkshire Medical Center for "non-life threatening wounds," according to Barry.

On Thursday, at about 8:50 p.m., police responded to the area of Dewey and Robbins avenues for reports of shots fired, but were told by area residents it was only fireworks. Investigators later learned that a shooting had occurred.

A witness told police the shooting was on Dewey Avenue.

Barry said a silver sedan was seen turning onto Dewey Avenue from Linden Street "at a high rate of speed" at the time of the shooting.

"The vehicle is believed to be involved in the shooting," he said.

No physical evidence was recovered from the scene.

Less than two hours later, police responded to the vicinity of the Family Dollar Store at 631 North St. for reports of shots fired and a stabbing. But when they arrived, neither victims nor perpetrators were located at the scene.

A short time later, the 18-year-old turned up at the hospital with stab wounds. Barry said the teen was "less than cooperative" with investigators.

Police believe the stabbing happened in the store’s parking lot.

There were bullet holes in the store’s window, said Barry, and both shell casings and projectiles were recovered at the scene. Investigators are treating the shooting and stabbing at this location as related events.

Barry said it was too early in the other shooting investigations to determine if they too are related to the stabbing and shooting on North Street.

The third shooting occurred at 3:22 a.m. in the area of Tyler and Burbank streets.

According to witnesses, two black males were seen walking east on Burbank Street arguing, the shots went off and the men fled the area.

No physical evidence was recovered.

The 3 a.m. shooting marked the ninth confirmed incident of gunfire in the city this year.

Police are asking that anyone who has information about these crimes to call them at (413) 448-9700.

To reach Andrew Amelinckx:,
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