Pittsfield woman dies after Dewey Avenue shooting

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PITTSFIELD — Police are investigating the shooting death of a city woman Monday night on Dewey Avenue.

Asiyanna Jones, 22, was found in a car suffering from a gunshot wound shortly after a report of shots fired about 10:45 p.m., according to a statement released by the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

Jones was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, and then flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was pronounced dead about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Her death marks the city's second shooting-related homicide of 2017. Police said that's in addition to 11 other shootings in Pittsfield in 2017 that resulted in some type of non-fatal injury.

The statement did not identify a suspect in the shooting nor a potential motive. Pittsfield Police have referred all questions regarding the shooting to the District Attorney's Office.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is expected to be performed Wednesday at the Holyoke office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Investigators from Pittsfield Police as well as Massachusetts State Police and the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force had a section of Dewey Avenue cordoned off with yellow caution tape and were still investigating the scene at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Residents from about a block away reported hearing a series of gunshots Monday night in the otherwise quiet neighborhood.

Estimates on the number of shots varied between three or four to nine or 10.

One woman said after the shots, she heard male and female voices yelling, but could not make out what was being said.

All said city police arrived very quickly following the shots.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer recorded a brief statement and posted it on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

"I am deeply saddened by this and any other acts of violence that take place in our city," Tyer said. "Because this is an active investigation, I am limited in what I can share."

"But I want to reiterate that this matter has the full attention of the city and our law enforcement partners," Tyer said.

"I also want to encourage those in the community who may have information related to this or to any other crime to please say something," Tyer said. "You may have information that is vital to the work of our law enforcement agencies and we need your help."

Police are asking anyone with information about the circumstances leading up to Jones' death to contact the Pittsfield Police Department's Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

"In the days and weeks ahead, please be assured that many, many individuals are hard at work behind the scenes on this matter," Tyer said. "We know that you're counting on us and we'll do our very best."

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department with assistance from the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office, members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the Massachusetts State Police Firearms Identification Section.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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