PITTSFIELD -- A city man has been charged in connection with the June shootings of a 14- and a 17-year-old in a Pittsfield park.
Victor C. Jennings, 23, is one of four suspects in the case and the only one to be apprehended, according to police. Wednesday, Jennings was released on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty to multiple counts of attempted murder and other charges.
Jennings was in a group of eight people seen hanging out in the First Street Common at about 4 a.m. on June 16, police and prosecutors said. He and three others then allegedly rushed toward and began shooting at the two teen males.
One was shot in the buttock and the bullet shattered his pelvis, while the other was shot in the leg. Both were taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment.
Jenning's attorney, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., has said that his client denies the charges and that identity would play a big role in the case.
On Wednesday, Jennings appeared in Berkshire Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to two counts each of felony armed assault with the intent to murder and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and single counts each of illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack asked the court to order Jennings to stay away from the two teenagers as well as the four witnesses who testified in grand jury proceedings. Judge Daniel A. Ford granted that request.
The judge released Jennings on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail.
No other arrests have been made in the shootings as of Wednesday afternoon. The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.
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