Two men suffer gunshot wounds early Saturday in Pittsfield


PITTSFIELD -- Two city men were shot at Adams and Second streets early Saturday following a memorial in honor of a man who died this time last year from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Seven pistol shots rung out just after 1 a.m., some of which struck the two men, who occupied a vehicle at the time, causing non-life-threatening injuries, according to Pittsfield Police Department.

The pair drove the vehicle to Berkshire Medical Center, where one of the victims was treated and released and the second remains.

Before long, the city saw more gunfire.

An hour later, on Wahconah Street, police reported a fight outside Adrien's Diner where a man was "knocked out in the street," followed by "numerous" gunshots, according to scanner traffic.

When authorities arrived, however, the area was clear, save for several shell casings found near the former Getty Station at 186 Wahconah St.

Pittsfield Police Det. Marc Strout said the department has not established any connection between the two shootings.

"It's an ongoing investigation as to what occurred," Strout said. "We're following up on leads."

Several people witnessed the first shooting at Adams and Second streets, as it occurred around the time of a well-attended memorial for Chandler Lynch, a 21-year-old Pittsfield man who accidentally killed himself while playing with a handgun Aug. 7, 2013.

Just before the shooting, police responded to a noise disturbance on Second Street to disperse the crowd.

Police also responded to Berkshire Medical Center to disperse a crowd who'd gathered in concern for the victims following the shooting.

The vehicle driven by the two victims was taken in by Pittsfield Police for a crime scene analysis.

"We're working hard on this case," Strout said.

Anyone with information concerning the events Saturday may contact Pittsfield Police Det. John Gray at 448-9700.


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