Thursday June 27, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- The man police say was one of four suspects in a June 16 shootout that left two juveniles with gunshot wounds is free after having his bail cut in half by a Superior Court judge on Tuesday following a bail review.

Vincent C. Jennings, 23, of Linden Street in Pittsfield, had his bail reduced by Berkshire Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Rup from $20,000 cash to $10,000 cash and has been released from jail.

His attorney, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., had requested the review after Judge Paul M. Vrabel set the original bail amount during Jennings’ arraignment on two counts of felony aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and single counts of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and illegal possession of a firearm.

It’s a defendant’s right in Massachusetts to have a District Court judge’s bail decision reviewed by a Superior Court judge.

Police allege Jennings was one of a group of eight people seen wearing black hooded sweatshirts and hanging out in the 1st Street Common park at about 4 a.m. on June 16.

He and three others allegedly rushed forward and began shooting at two juvenile males, hitting one of the men in the buttock and shattering his pelvis and hitting the other man in the leg.

On Tuesday in court, Donohue argued that the identification of his client was based on a currently unnamed witness who alleged he recognized Jennings when his face was lit up by the muzzle flash from his gun.


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He said identification would play a big role in the case.

Additionally, the attorney said that his client came to court on his own when he found out there was a warrant out for him.

Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III said Jennings was positively identified as one of the shooters.

The judge reduced the bail but ordered that Jennings have no contact with the victims in the case. No other arrests have been made in the shootings as of Wednesday afternoon.