Woman injured in Pittsfield shooting; suspect vehicle located nearby

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PITTSFIELD — Police said charges will likely be filed in the shooting of a city woman on Kent Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

"Persons of interest have been identified and charges against them will likely be forthcoming. This investigation remains ongoing and additional details may be released at a later date," said Pittsfield Lt. John Soules.

A 43-year-old woman was found suffering from apparent gunshot wounds on the south side of the street across from 14 Kent Ave., according to Soules. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The city's ShotSpotter gunfire detection system picked up five shots in the area about 1:45 p.m., around the time witnesses started calling 911 to report the shooting, Lt. Thomas Dawley said at the scene.

Soules said in a statement Tuesday night that authorities found shell casings in the area,

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Witnesses identified a suspect vehicle as a maroon Chrysler van, a description Soules said was supported by surveillance footage. Dawley said witness statements indicate that at least two people, one male and one female, were in the vehicle but that no descriptions were available.

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Police quickly located the suspect vehicle in a lot off of Union Street. It was not occupied at the time it was found, said Dawley.

Officers walked in and out of a residential building at the intersection of Union and Center streets. One officer was seen carrying a “less lethal” shotgun as he walked to the rear parking lot, and another held a shield.

The vehicle was towed from the lot at about 3 p.m. Soules said it will be processed for evidence.

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Police heard from witnesses that there was an argument sometime before the shooting, Dawley said. Neighbors said they believed the argument had to do with harassment earlier Tuesday of the victim’s daughter.

“Witnesses are saying there was an argument that took place beforehand, we’re following up on all those leads,” said Dawley.

Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com, on Twitter @amandaburkec and 413-496-6296.


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