Pittsfield home target of gunfire, police say, but no one hurt


PITTSFIELD — A victim of the latest gunfire in Pittsfield believes the shooter targeted her house, leaving the residents shaken, but unhurt.

Around 7 p.m. Sunday, Robin White of 47 Circular Ave. was cooking biscuits, gravy, hash browns and omelets for her family and guests when an unknown assailant fire several bullets at the north side of her house, according to White and city police at the scene.

White told The Eagle the bullets pierced the exterior wall on the second floor and an interior bedroom wall along a stairwell to the second floor of the two-story duplex.

"I'm pretty sure we were targeted," White said. "I saw [the man] point the gun at our house."

The shooter escaped on foot, apparently wearing dark clothes, according to another witness to the shooting.

None of the nine people inside were hurt, but several were shaken up, including White's two young sons, 6 and 8, according to their mother.

"I have to call the school [Monday] and tell their teachers," she said.

Two uniformed officers and a Pittsfield police detective were at the scene Sunday night speaking to White, other residents and searching the area for shell casings and other evidence. The parking area next to 47 Circular Ave. was cordoned off with yellow tape — where the shooter likely positioned when he took aim at the dwelling.

White said a neighbor two doors down on Division Street also had her house fired upon several days ago.

Sunday's shooting comes on the eve of a mayoral press conference to address the gun violence plaguing the city this month.

Mayor Linda Tyer, at 1 p.m. Monday, will gather at City Hall with Police Chief Michael Wynn, Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless, other city, state officials and community leaders. The mayor's office says they will address community concerns regarding the shootings and to summarize strategies for enhancing public safety in Pittsfield.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413 496-6233


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