Autopsy: Death of 22-year-old woman shot in Pittsfield ruled a homicide

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – Police continue to investigate the overnight fatal shooting of a Pittsfield woman.

Neighbors say Asiyanna Jones, 22, was well-known in this Pittsfield neighborhood.

Destiny Reed lived just a few houses away from her on Dewey Avenue.

On Monday night, the mother of two had just put her kids to bed when the unthinkable happened.

“I heard like at least five shots, it sounded like right next to my house,” Reed said. “I wasn’t sure if it was fireworks or not. I walked outside and there was a bunch of people outside and cops everywhere.”

She discovered her neighbor, Jones, was found with a gunshot wound in a vehicle on the side of the road.

Jones was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and then flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where she died early Tuesday morning.

Following an autopsy, the medical examiner ruled her death as a homicide. Police say Jones was shot in the head.

Neighbors back home are in shock.

“It’s just crazy. There’s too much death, just too much,” Geraldine Keele said.

Keele has lived here for her entire life. She says violence like this is becoming a big problem.

“It’s not the way it used to be. Pittsfield was never like this. It’s hard to see people dying, and they’re too young.”

Some, like Joseph Girard, want to take action.

“We outta do something about it. All of us, get together and do something about it,” Girard said.

While others continue to mourn Jones’ life, cut tragically short.

“She’s really young. It’s sad. She hasn’t lived her life at all,” Keele said.

“It’s definitely breaking my heart. Definitely,” Reed said.

There is still no word on who the shooter may have been. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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