A media statement today from Chief Michael Winn and Lt. John Soules of the Pittsfield Police Department has confirmed what many city residents have noticed lately: There's been entirely too much gunfire happening in Pittsfield.

First, they address the most recent incident that took place on Thursday, June 3, on Francis Avenue in Pittsfield. Shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday night, members of the Pittsfield Police Department responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 266 Francis Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle that had been struck by gunfire.

The vehicle was occupied by three individuals, including two small children. No injuries were reported. A second vehicle that was unoccupied was also struck by bullets. Anyone who wishes to provide information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Matos at 413-448-9700 x576.

Second, they addressed the rash of shootings taking place city-wide recently. Within the past two weeks, members of the Pittsfield Police Department have responded to at least five confirmed shooting incidents within the city of Pittsfield.

Those incidents include one instance of a man sustaining multiple gunshot wounds and another incident where a vehicle containing two small children was struck by gunfire. Police responded to confirmed shooting incidents on June 1, June 2, and June 3.

There were eight confirmed shootings during the month of May and a shooting homicide in April on the city's main thoroughfare. Members of the PPD are working diligently to both investigate these shootings and prevent further instances of gunfire.

The police department cannot do this alone. They urgently need the public's help. The PPD does not and will not tolerate indiscriminate gunfire, especially when our youngest and most vulnerable citizens are present.

The Pittsfield Police Department urges anyone with information to come forward, even anonymously through the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706 or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

They thank you in advance for your help.

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