Two separate reports of gunshots Tuesday night in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD — Police responded to two separate incidents of suspected shots fired on Tuesday evening.

The first happened around 7:30 p.m. as Massachusetts state police officers conducted a traffic stop. During the stop, officers said, a person in the car jumped out and fled. As police pursued him on foot, they heard what they believed to be a nearby gunshot.

About a dozen officers, from both state and Pittsfield police departments, set up a perimeter in the block between Daniels and Francis avenues. Officers searched the area with dogs but were unsuccessful.

"We're not sure that it was a gunshot," Lt. Richard Gawron, of the state police, said.

Gawron said police officers on scene did not discharge their weapons, and that no injuries were reported.

"Never a dull moment around here," said Michael Houghtlin, a resident of Francis Avenue.

Police on scene urged residents to steer clear of the area. Some gathered, coffee and portable scanners in hand, on the street corners with concern on their faces.

"Shooting, as usual," one woman said as she headed into her home on Daniels Avenue.

As police officers began to leave the scene around 9:15 p.m., reports came in of a gunshot heard on the corner of Weller Avenue. Officers on the scene of that incident were unsure whether or not the two incidents were related.

Neighbors gathered in the area of Weller Avenue said they heard a gunshot and then watched a black vehicle "peel out" toward North Street.

Gawron said state police were not involved with the separate incident on Weller Avenue.

Reach staff writer Amanda Drane at 413-496-6296, or @amandadrane on Twitter


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