Up to 10 years in prison for Pittsfield man who opened fire on street


PITTSFIELD — A city man who opened fire into a busy intersection in May was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on Tuesday.

Patrick Coyne, 34, admitted to firing multiple rounds with a 9mm handgun toward the intersection of Wahconah Street and Pecks Road about 1:37 p.m. May 19. No one was reportedly struck by gunfire.

Witnesses identified a white male wearing dark clothing as the gunman.

Coyne then fled on foot between a pair of homes on Wahconah and disposed of a black hat, dark sweatshirt and black 9mm handgun in a trash can behind a Wahconah Street home.

Coyne, who was identified in part by his clothing, fled when police approached him, but was placed in custody soon after.

The weapon's magazine and chamber were both empty, indicating all of the gun's rounds had been fired.

Coyne first told police he was the one who had been shot at, but would not say by whom.

Due to the time of day and location of the shooting, 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 ordered held without bail following a dangerousness hearing in late May.

He pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to one count each of being a career felon, illegal possession of a firearm (second offense), possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to six to 10 years in prison, which he will serve at the Massachusetts Correctional institution at Cedar Junction.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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