PITTSFIELD -- Three county men accused of an early morning drive-by shooting on Danforth Avenue are being held on $100,000 cash bail. No one was struck by the bullets.
According to Pittsfield Police, Shaun Silverio, 23, and Derrick Saunders, 18, both of Pittsfield, and Terry Martizna, 23, of Lanesborough, pulled up to a Toyota Rav 4 parked on Danforth Avenue and opened fire on the vehicle before fleeing in a silver BMW at about 4 a.m. Thursday.
Detective Lt. Michael Grady said five shell casings were recovered at the scene. Two men were inside the Rav 4 at the time of the shooting, but weren't hit by the bullets, police said.
Police received a report about the shooting and a description of the car. Pittsfield Police Detective Nicholas DeSantis, who was off-duty and leaving work at the time, spotted the BMW on South Street and notified Lee Police to be on the lookout for the vehicle, according to Grady.
The three suspects were later stopped and arrested in Lee with the assistance of the Lee and Lenox Police, said Grady.
Investigators recovered a .9 mm pistol and ammunition, he said.
The three are being charged with armed assault to murder with a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm and ammunition without a firearms identification card, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. All three are charged with the crimes under the theory of joint venture, meaning that they are all considered equally culpable.
The first charge alone carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in state prison and a maximum of 20 years upon conviction.
Martizna is additionally being charged with illegal possession of oxycodone for allegedly being found with several of the pills in his pocket.
The three men are scheduled to be arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court today.
"It was a great joint effort between our patrol officers and detectives and the Lee and Lenox Police," said Pittsfield Detective Capt. Patrick F. Barry.
Barry said they have "no reason to believe at this time" this case is connected with the shooting incident on Sunday near First Street or the Oct. 18 shooting on Stoddard Avenue. No one was injured in either of those shootings.
Police are asking that anyone with information on Thursday's shooting call the Detective Bureau at (413) 448-9705.
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