Pittsfield man, 22, pleads not guilty in two local shootings, is held on $250,000 bond

Friday December 21, 2012

PITTSFIED -- A city man who was allegedly involved in two shooting incidents earlier this year is being held on $250,000 bond following his arraignment on Friday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Adam M. Pettijohn, 22, of Daniels Avenue, pleaded not guilty to five charges: two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. The charges are related to two shooting incidents in Pittsfield in April and October in which no one was injured.

The latest shooting incident took place at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 27 near 255 Columbus Ave., a multi-family housing development.

According to a police report, several witnesses heard gunshots that night. One witness allegedly had words with the shooter, was fired at five times, and felt a bullet "whizzing by."

Pettijohn was identified as the shooter, police said. Shell casings were recovered, but not the gun, according to police.

Pittsfield Police say Pettijohn is a "validated" gang member who also was responsible for the April 12 shooting in the area of Columbus and Daniels avenues in Pittsfield.

The alleged target, Jevaughn Ainsley of Columbus Avenue, was not hurt.

Pettijohn denied being involved in either shooting and alleges he has witnesses that can corroborate his story.

On Friday, Judge Daniel A. Ford ordered Pettijohn held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety bail.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry.

The defendant, represented by attorney Raymond J. Jacoub, is expected to be back in court in March for a pretrial hearing.


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