Gunfire erupts in two Pittsfield locations overnight

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PITTSFIELD — City police are asking for the public's help as they investigate two episodes of gunfire in two different locations both Sunday night and early Monday morning.

No injuries were reported in either episode, both of which resulted only to damage to a home and an unoccupied vehicle, according to a statement issued Monday afternoon by the Pittsfield Police Department.

On Sunday at around 8:47 p.m., officers responded to the first incident at Francis Avenue near the intersection of Bradford Street, after an alert from ShotSpotter, a system of acoustic sensors that detects gunfire, which the city installed in 2017. Police say they later discovered that a residence had been struck by bullets.

The next incident happened after midnight Monday at the intersection of Second and Lincoln streets, according to the statement. Police responded at around 12:50 a.m., also alerted by ShotSpotter. There they say officers found an unoccupied vehicle damaged by gunfire, and shell casings nearby.

Police are asking anyone with information about either incident to contact the Pittsfield Police Department's Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871.

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