Pittsfield death ruled homicide; police probe new report of gunshots


PITTSFIELD — A city man found lying in a driveway early Sunday morning died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, local and state authorities said late Monday afternoon.

Joseph Brown, 38, was the victim of a homicide, according to preliminary autopsy results released by associate state medical examiner Dr. Mindy Hull in Boston.

The autopsy results were released by the office of Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless. Neither police nor the DA's office would release any further information about the case.

And city police also confirmed they were investigating a report of shots fired early Monday about a half-mile away from the scene of Sunday's shooting. No injuries were reported in that incident.

Brown was found unresponsive in the driveway at 343 Columbus Ave. about 2 a.m. by members of the Pittsfield Fire Department, who were responding to a 911 call about a nonspecific medical situation. Fire officials discovered Brown had apparently been shot and immediately notified city police.

The victim was taken to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston for the preliminary autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing, said Capeless, who was at the scene on Sunday morning along with Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas N. Bowler.

Columbus Avenue was sectioned off at John Street for most of the afternoon as investigators continued to work at the scene. Anyone with any information is asked to call Pittsfield Police at 413-448-9700.

Meanwhile, nearly 24 hours after the Columbus Avenue homicide, residents of the Clinton Avenue area were awakened by the sound of gunfire.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m., several residents told city police they heard five or six shots fire and a motor vehicle speed off from the scene, but no one witnessed the shooting, according to police Capt. David Granger.

While investigators found no physical evidence of the gunfire, their canvas of the neighborhood determined a shooting took place.

Granger said no injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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