PITTSFIELD -- The 17-year-old who was shot Monday morning in what police are now calling a gang-related incident remains hospitalized in stable condition, according to city police.
Pittsfield Detective Kim Bertelli, the lead investigator on this case, told The Eagle on Friday that the incident is still under investigation. The department is looking to talk with any witnesses or anyone with information pertaining to the shooting who has not already come forward, Bertelli said.
Since the incident took place in daylight -- just before 9 a.m. near the intersection of First and Burbank streets, many eyewitnesses have helped the police investigation, Bertelli said.
Bertelli said police are aware that people may fear coming forward with information, but said that in her 32 years on the force, "I’ve found you very rarely see, if at all, any kind of intimidation of a witness in a case like this."
Though witnesses may report tips anonymously, validating a case requires an attributed witness statement.
Police say they arrested a 15-year-old Monday and charged him in connection with the shooting. Because of his age, his name is not being released.
Mayor Daniel Bianchi said those wishing to learn more about the issues of youth and gang violence in the city and how to help eradicate these issues are invited to attend a public community conversation to be held from 6 to 7 p.m.
It will include a panel of speakers, including Bianchi; Police Chief Michael Wynn; the Rev. Warren Dews Jr.; Karen Tracana of the state Department of Youth Services; Pittsfield Public Schools’ Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless; Eddie Taylor, CEO of the S.E.E.D. Network; and moderator Adam Hinds, the city’s Shannon Grant coordinator for gang intervention and supporting at-risk youth. Members of the community will also have the opportunity to speak, voice their concerns and offer ideas.
To reach the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau, call (413) 448-9705.