Suspect in custody after third Pittsfield shooting in 17 hours

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Video | Multiple shots fired in Pittsfield at Wahconah Street and Pecks road.

PITTSFIELD — One man is in custody after a brazen daytime shooting on Pecks Road on Thursday, capping a trio of incidents involving gunfire over a 17-hour period.

Patrick Coyne, 34, was arrested on multiple weapons charges after allegedly opening fire in the area of Wahconah Street and Pecks Road about 1:37 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from Pittsfield Police.

No injuries were reported, but the sound of multiple gunshots near a busy intersection across from Harry's Supermarket made for a dramatic scene in a city already rattled by gunfire.

Police did not say whether they believed any of the incidents are related.

State and local police descended on the area after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a man firing a gun. One witness said she heard at least four or five shots.

Witnesses gave police a description of the shooter, who fled on foot west on Pecks Road.

Several shell casings littered Pecks Road, and 11 numbered evidence flags were scattered on the road and in the yard of a nearby house. It was not clear whether each flag represented a shell casing, but several were clearly visible.

The scene was processed by members of Pittsfield Police Crime Scene Services Unit.

Police said the city's School Department was notified and buses were rerouted around the area, and students who walk from nearby schools were briefly held back to avoid the area being searched, which included parts of Wahconah Street, Pecks Road and Pontoosuc Avenue.

Coyne was apprehended after a brief pursuit, police said.

He was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and being an armed career criminal. He is expected to be arraigned Friday in Central Berkshire District Court and police said more charges may be coming.

In the first incident, a man was struck by a single bullet in the area of Second and Pond streets about 8:43 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The victim, who is expected to survive, was not identified and no arrests have yet been made in that case.

About 90 minutes later, police responded to a report of shots fired on Dartmouth Street in which a vehicle was apparently struck. No one was hurt in that incident.

Police ask anyone with information about any of these incidents to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

Mayor Linda M. Tyer released a statement on her Facebook page addressing the recent incidents of violence in the city.

"I know how upsetting the ongoing gang and gun violence is to all of you," she wrote. "I'm distressed, too."

"Please be assured that every available resource is being deployed and a great deal of advance planning is constantly taking place to proactively engage in these very serious circumstances," Tyer wrote.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.

Mayor's statement

The following is a statement released Thursday afternoon by Pittsfield Mayor Linda M. Tyer regarding recent shooting incidents in the city:

This is hard. Really hard. I know how upsetting the ongoing gang and gun violence is to all of you. I'm distressed, too. Please be assured that every available resource is being deployed and a great deal of advance planning is constantly taking place to proactively engage in these very serious circumstances. I understand that you'd like to have the details about police strategy. Unfortunately, when we release that kind of information to the public it also becomes available to those we pursue. I'm determined to get this under control and I need your help. See something, know something, say something. And I'll say this, too, even before I became mayor I had a great deal of respect for our police department. Since taking office my respect and admiration for their diligence, strategy, and commitment to keeping us safe has grown immensely. Without their persistence our situation would be much worse. Let's be on their side.


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