Pittsfield man arrested in recent John Street shooting

Wednesday November 7, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The alleged trigger-man of last week’s shooting on a city street is being held on $350,000 bond following his arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court. Meanwhile, a fifth suspect remains at large.

Tyler Sumner, aka Tyler Chadwell, 18, of Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and a single count of vandalizing property for allegedly shooting a pistol toward three people standing outside a John Street residence on Oct. 31 at about 3:30 p.m.

The intended victim and two other people who were standing nearby said at least eight shots were fired in their direction. A 2006 Jeep Liberty parked nearby had a window shot out, according to police. No one was hit by the shots.

Sumner was allegedly one of five young men involved in the shooting. According to the Pittsfield Police, all of the men are members of the Crips 8TE3 street gang.

Police are continuing to search for Pittsfield resident Osai Morton.

Three of the suspects were arrested a short time after the shooting and were charged under the theory of joint venture, meaning they are considered equally as culpable for the alleged crimes.

Nathaniel Marksman, 21, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Christopher Grant, 17, of Pittsfield, have pleaded not guilty to their charges and are out on personal recognizance, but are being monitored by GPS devices and are under a curfew.

A 16-year-old juvenile was also arrested on Wednesday. No information about his case is publicly available.

According to the Pittsfield Police, Sumner was arrested Saturday on a warrant at his Second Street home and was found hiding in the attic. He was held pending Monday’s arraignment.

On Monday, Judge Paul M. Vrabel ordered Sumner held on $35,000 cash or $350,000 bond. If released. he must stay away from the alleged victims.

The defendant is represented by attorney Marc C. Vincelette Sr.

Pittsfield Police are asking that anyone with information about the shooting to call them at (413) 447-9705.


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