Pittsfield police say man may have committed two shootings, one Saturday and one in April

Tuesday October 30, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 22-year-old city man police say is responsible for two separate shooting incidents in the last six months is being held on $250,000 bond following his arraignment on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Adam Pettijohn, of Daniels Avenue, pleaded not guilty to five charges: a single count of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts each of carrying a firearm without a license and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

His attorney, Robert D. Sullivan Jr., said his client denies the charges and that he has witnesses that would testify Pettijohn was on his porch during the shooting in April.

According to police, the latest shooting incident took place at about 3 a.m. Saturday near 255 Columbus Ave., a multi-family housing development. Several witnesses said they heard gun shots and saw muzzle flashes.

A witness told police that after hearing the gunshots, the witness opened the front door and had words with the shooter who then turned and fired the gun about five times. The witness said they felt a bullet "whizzing by."

The Pittsfield Police said they located a bullet hole near one of the home's front doors as well as inside the residence. Shell casings were also recovered.

The gun was not found, said police. A gunshot residue test was conducted with Pettijohn's cooperation, but the results of the test were not available on Monday during court proceedings.

Witnesses identified Petti john as the shooter, police said.

According to a probable cause report, Pettijohn was also tied to the April 12 shooting in the area of Columbus and Daniels avenues in Pittsfield. The alleged target, Jevaughn Ainsley, 18, of Columbus Avenue, was not hurt in the incident.

Ainsley would later be found not guilty of charges of witness intimidation and threat to commit murder allegedly related to the shooting but is still facing deportation to Jamaica, his birth country.

On Monday, Judge Paul M. Vrabel ordered Pettijohn held on $25,000 cash or $250,000 bond. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 28.

According to police, Pettij ohn is "a validated gang member."


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