Pittsfield police plead for answers in fatal shooting of city woman


PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Police Department is looking for answers about the shooting Monday that killed Asiyanna Jones.

In a plea posted to Facebook on Friday evening, officers said they've been "working all hours of the night" to identify those responsible for the bullet that killed the 22-year-old city woman.

Residents reportedly heard between three and 10 shots around 10:45 p.m. Monday, just before Jones was found in a vehicle on Dewey Avenue. The state medical examiner Wednesday ruled her death a homicide, concluding cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say there were several people on scene at the time of the shooting.

"Although we have received hundreds of tips, they are just that. We know there were several witnesses, both involved and not involved, that we are asking to come forward," reads the post. "This is not about `snitching,' `ratting,' or telling on someone. This is not about your pride or your fear. It's about justice. This is about doing what's right, period.

If you are that person that needs to reach out with information, please speak with lead case investigator Detective Matos at 448-9700 ext. 390."

Jones' death marks the city's second shooting-related homicide of 2017. Police said that's in addition to 11 other nonfatal shootings in Pittsfield so far this year.

Reach Amanda Drane at 413-496-6296, or @amandadrane on Twitter.



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