PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) — One man has died following a shooting on Tyler Street in the city of Pittsfield on Friday.
Just after 1 p.m. Friday, first responders reported to 147/149 Tyler St. for a call of shots fired outside Chewy’s Barbershop. Two men were found with multiple gunshot wounds.
Many neighbors were too scared to show their faces on camera, but an operating room technician said she arrived home shortly after the two were shot.
“I just heard people yelling, ‘no, no, no,’” she said. “And me and my neighbors came over here and saw the boy on the ground.”
She ran over to help 18-year-old Keenan Pellot, Jr., of Pittsfield.
“I did; I had blood all over my hands, all over my feet,” she said. “It’s going to be hard to get that picture out of my head for a while.”
Pellot and a 17-year-old victim, also from Pittsfield, were transported to Berkshire Medical Center. Pellot was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The 17-year-old underwent hours of surgery for multiple gunshot wounds. He is expected to survive, according to Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless. His identity has not been released.
Investigators searched locations known to both victims and said they have a person of interest and are working to determine a motive.
“We are unsure of a motive,” Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn said. “We are still looking into that. We think there may have been an altercation; still investigating.”
Investigators are also looking into a report of shots fired after the Tyler Street incident on Hull Avenue in the city. The Hull Avenue address is associated with one of the victims.
Police said they do not have any reason to believe neighbors are at risk because they said the shooting was not random.
In a statement, Capeless said, “At this time, no determination has been made as to whether there is a connection between these incidents and the shootings that occurred on July 4,, but that is obviously an avenue that investigators are pursuing.”
Wynn would not confirm if the shootings were gang related, but he said the community plays an important role in fighting crime.
“These issues don’t start on the street,” he said. “They start at home. These young men and women are seeking validation from somewhere else because they’re not receiving it.”
Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department at (413) 448-9700.