North Adams Police Investigate Possible Shooting Incident
Update: Police Chief Jason Wood gave us this statement:
"Last night's incident cannot be confirmed as a 'shots fired' call at this time. North Adams officers and detectives did not locate any evidence of a weapon being discharged in the area. Also, there were no discharged cartridges or bullet holes to be found.
The North Adams Police Department will continue to investigate this incident until the investigation reaches a endpoint."
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police on Saturday night were investigating whether someone had shot at a house on Liberty Street.
Neighbors in the area called 911 around 10 p.m. to report hearing several shots. Police blocked off the street at the corner of North Holden for more than an hour and were reportedly looking for a vehicle that may have been at the scene.
While officers declined to confirm a shooting, citing an active investigation, their focus appeared to be the home of Raymond Moore, a leading voice in the local Black Lives Matter movement.
Moore emailed iBerkshires on Sunday morning and said he had heard what sounded like gunshots while upstairs. When he went downstairs, the police were already at his door.
No one was injured but Moore said he's been getting threats about the BLM protests — one is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. — and his calls for the resignation of City Councilor Robert Moulton Jr., whose comments last week about BLM being terrorist group and trivializing of COVID-19 has sparked denouncements from his colleagues on the council and School Committee. Moulton has already had to resign from his post as president of the local ambulance service because of his remarks.
The local Black Lives Matter group is planning protests of City Council meetings until Moulton steps down. The first rally is at 3 p.m. at City Hall on Tuesday. Both the School Committee and council will be meeting that day to vote on resolutions of censure against the six-term councilor.
Moore on Saturday night said threats weren't going to stop the protests.