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Chicopee man with an extensive criminal record, including more than 40 felony charges, is in custody after North Adams shooting

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North Adams Police have arrested a Chicopee man in a shooting Saturday at 145 State St. Officers found that bullets from a 9 mm gun penetrated the walls of an upper-floor apartment. No one was injured. Later, a man was arrested on firearms charges after police executed a search warrant at a city home.

NORTH ADAMS — A Chicopee man remains in custody after a weekend shooting scattered 9 mm rounds into a State Street building south of downtown. He faces a dangerousness hearing Monday.

Police believe that the man, Isaiah J. Calderon, became enraged after a former girlfriend called authorities late Saturday to say he was trying to break into her apartment.

This isn't Calderon's first run-in with police in North Adams. Last year, while wanted in the killing of a Springfield man, Calderon was arrested in the city after being found hiding in the closet of a home on Blackinton Street.

Just before midnight, North Adams Police responded to a 911 call at 145 State St. and were told by the victim that Calderon, who is 25 and goes by the nickname "Peanut," had tried to break down the door of her third-floor apartment after the two argued — she from an upper-floor balcony and he upon leaving the Key West bar with a girlfriend. 

The victim said Calderon pounded on her door, action that was captured on surveillance video, according to the North Adams Police Department's probable cause report, written by Det. Joshua Zustra. The victim said Calderon yelled that she was a "snitch."

At that point, police say, Calderon shot six times into a second-floor apartment, which happened to be vacant, shattering a sliding glass door. No one was injured in the shooting, according to Police Chief Jason Wood.

Witnesses gave police on the scene, including Officer Trevor Manning and Sgt. Mark Bailey, enough information to compile a description of the vehicle involved, a white SUV registered to Calderon's current girlfriend, allowing authorities to issue a bulletin, according to North Adams Police.

Less than two hours later, a police officer in Adams, Kevin Stant, identified a vehicle matching the description and stopped it early Sunday morning on Upton Street. 

Calderon, who lives in Chicopee, was held as a result of that stop and faced arraignment Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court on charges including the discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building, attempt to commit a crime (breaking and entering), and assault with a dangerous weapon. No weapon was found during the Adams Police stop, according to Zustra's report. 

"There is clear and convincing evidence that no condition of release will reasonably assure the safety of the named victim(s) and the community," Kelly K. Samuels, an assistant district attorney, said in a court filing seeking the dangerousness hearing.

Calderon also was booked on two outstanding warrants, both from Pittsfield District Court. In November 2018, Calderon pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop in Pittsfield with three other people.

At the time, Calderon had two previous violent or drug crimes on his record from convictions in Hampden County, one for illegal firearm possession, and another for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to Eagle archives. The paper reported that Calderon had an extensive criminal record that includes more than 40 felony charges.

Surveillance video

In a court filing, North Adams Police say Calderon can be seen on the surveillance video walking up stairs to the victim's apartment. At the woman's door, he also can be seen "kicking at the door violently," the report says, at 11:54 p.m. A distinctive tattoo on his left hand is visible.

"Approximately 10 seconds later what sounds like a round being chambered into a semi-automatic firearm can be heard on the video," the report says. "A total of six shots being fired can be heard within the next five seconds."

A Massachusetts State Police crime unit arrived at the State Street scene at 2:45 a.m. and recovered six 9 mm shell casings from a second-floor hall. The team also found a projectile intact inside the vacant second-floor apartment. The sweatshirt Calderon was wearing was sent to a lab to be tested for gunshot residue, with results pending. 

Calderon also was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, second offense, and carrying a loaded firearm.

Other arrest

North Adams Police said they later obtained and executed a search warrant for a home in the city.

A second person, Aaron Chappell, of North Adams, was taken into custody Wednesday as a result of that search, police said. He was expected to be arraigned Friday on six firearms-related violations. They include possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a large-capacity feeding device for a firearm and possession of a firearm without a required ID card.

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com and 413-588-8341.

Investigations editor

Larry Parnass joined The Eagle in 2016 from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he was editor in chief. His freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, CommonWealth Magazine and with the Reuters news service.

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