Sunday April 15, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Police have arrested an 18-year-old Pitts field man in connection with a shooting incident on Thursday, and are investigating a similar incident that occurred early Saturday morning in the same area as the first one.

Jevaughn Ainsley of Col umbus Avenue has been charged with threatening to commit murder and intimidation of a witness in connection with Thursday incident, which occurred around 10 p.m. in the area of Columbus and Daniels avenues.

The second shooting incident in the vicinity of Columbus and Daniels was reported to police at 12:48 a.m. on Saturday, according to Capt. Patrick F. Barry of the detective unit. No injuries have been reported.

"There’s no victim, no one’s come forward, there’s no blood, and no one’s been treated at the hospital," Barry said.

Ainsley was arrested by Lt. Jeffrey Bradford and officers David Potash and Ignacio Matos at his residence at 10:41 a.m. on Saturday, Barry said. He was being held last night in the Pittsfield Police De part ment lockup in lieu of $100,000 cash bail pending arraignment in Central Berk shire District Court on Tuesday.

Barry said Ainsley has not been charged as the trigger man in either shooting.

Police are investigating whether the two incidents are related.

"We’re looking into that," Barry said.

In Saturday morning’s incident, witnesses saw someone running through the area shortly after the shots were fired, Barry said. A patrol officer spotted the suspect running north across Bradford Street in the vicinity of Daniels Avenue, while another person spotted him in the area of Francis Avenue and Linden Street.

After picking up the suspect’s scent, Officer Dwane Foisy tracked back yards between Francis and Daniels avenues with his K9 unit, but police were unable to locate the suspect. Officer David Kirchner recovered a handgun when police searched the area. State Police assisted in the search.

Detective Diane Caccamo is the lead investigator in Saturday’s incident. She is being assisted by Barry and Investigator John Bassi.

"Anyone who heard or saw anything (early Saturday morning) we’d like to hear from them," Barry said.

Pittsfield Police can be reached at (413) 448-9723.

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