PITTSFIELD — Police are continuing to investigate the killing of a city woman who they believe was riding in a car when she was shot, and they say they believe the shooting wasn't random.
The Berkshire District Attorney's Office said in a statement issued Saturday that there doesn't appear to be any danger to the public, and that other details are being withheld to protect the investigation.
The Pittsfield Police Department is asking for the public's help as the search continues for information about the death of Cassandra Brouthers, 22, of Woodlawn Avenue, who died Friday of injuries from a gunshot after being taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center.
When police responded to the area of Robbins Avenue and Bradford Street at about 9 p.m. Friday, they found Brouthers. They say they believe she had been a passenger in a car traveling on Robbins when she was shot.
The Police Department's ShotSpotter system had detected gunshots there at about 9 p.m.
Officers soon were seen gathered at a gray or silver vehicle parked on Francis Avenue near Bradford. It's windshield appeared to be shattered on the passenger side.
Multiple law enforcement officials convened outside 265 Bradford St., while in an empty lot across the street, officers with flashlights appeared to search the grass and trees for evidence.
A resident of the area, who declined to be identified, later told The Eagle that evening that they had heard four to five gunshots.
A group of neighbors also said that police were looking for surveillance footage from 265 Bradford, which appears to be a multifamily home.
On Saturday afternoon, a Cadillac Escalade with New Jersey plates idled outside the residence, while a shopping cart sat at the edge of the vacant lot across the street.
On Saturday, one city official still was trying to understand what had happened in her ward.
"I'm also trying to get answers," said Dina Guiel Lampiasi, Ward 6 city councilor.
And Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington, who had responded to the scene, vowed to "hold the perpetrator accountable."
"I send my heartfelt condolences to Ms. Brouthers family, friends and the entire community who are mourning today," Harrington said in a statement. "We will not tolerate gun violence in Berkshire County "
Harrington said it is the first homicide in the city since August 2019, when Stephanie Olivieri was killed, also while inside a car.
The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the DA's office also responded to assist at the scene.
Pittsfield Police ask anyone with information to call the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413- 448-9705, or text PITTIP and a message to TIP411 (847411).
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