4th defendant named in Ashley Reservoir shooting
PITTSFIELD — A fourth person has been charged in connection with the Aug. 21 shooting and assault that gravely wounded a 19-year-old man who is still recovering from his injuries.
Christopher J. Frazier, 19, of Pittsfield, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday and entered not guilty pleas to nine charges connected to the incident.
Judge Daniel Ford ordered Frazier be held without the right to bail.
Details of Frazier's alleged role in the assault were not immediately available. Records in the cases of his co-defendants, Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez, Kevin Nieves and Daquan Douglas remain under seal.
According to information previously presented in court, the night of Aug. 20, the victim, identified as Nick Carnevale, and two friends went to a party in October Mountain State Forest near the Alshley Reservoir. There was tension between the group and Nieves, who used to date the woman who went to the party with Carnevale. After feeling uneasy, Carnevale and friends returned to their truck and attempted to leave.
According to one witness, Nieves was having a hard time moving on past the breakup.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano said the truck became mired in mud as the group tried to leave and a "mob" — some of whom brandished sticks and branches — attacked the truck, eventually forcing the victim out. A fight ensued and shots were fired, causing the group to scatter.
Police received a 911 call reporting the shooting about 1 a.m. Aug. 21. The victim was reportedly shot three times.
In all, Frazier pleaded not guilty to charges of armed assault with intent to murder; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury; malicious damage to a motor vehicle; and two counts each of kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, and assault and battery.
A Gofundme.com fundraising page was established to raise money for Carnevale's medical expenses. As of Monday afternoon, it had raised nearly $42,000 of its $65,000 goal.
Carnevale's recovery efforts also have gained the notice of members of the New England Patriots, including tight end Rob Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady.
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