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Pittsfield Police cordon off the sidewalk near Family Dollar where a fatal shooting took place.

Pittsfield Man Facing Murder Charges in North Street Shooting

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was shot and killed Tuesday in front of Family Dollar on North Street.
Police say Edward Jennings, 34, also of Pittsfield, is being charged with first degree murder in the shooting and killing of 39-year-old Lemond Grady.
Police responded to the area of 631 North St. following a ShotSpotter activation and multiple 911 calls at approximately 6:18 p.m., according to a statement from the district attorney's office.
Patrol units ascertained a description of the suspect, who fled the scene on foot, and arrested Jennings on the nearby Lincoln Street.
Action Ambulance transported Grady to Berkshire Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Pittsfield Police, the state police assigned to the district attorney's office, and Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington all responded to the scene.
Jennings is expected to be arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday morning and additional charges may be pending.
Police had the sidewalk in front of Family Dollar cordoned off for hours, finally releasing the scene around 10 p.m.
Pittsfield Police continue to investigate the shooting and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Koenig at 413-448-9700, Ext. 570.

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Eyes Strategic Plan, Reflects on 'Rough Year'

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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The goal will be to think about how Pittsfield can be a thriving place to live, work, and play for all members of broader communities.
President Branden Huldeen explained that he sees three ways that everyone can move forward together: innovation, collaboration, and the very important work in equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.
"I want to recognize it, it's been a rough year. And rough is probably the kindest word I could probably use for right now. But I'm proud of the number of businesses that have been able to push through so far," Huldeen said at Thursday's annual meeting.
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