Pittsfield Police Investigating Shots Fired On Francis Avenue

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. On Wednesday morning at approximately 8:15 pm, Pittsfield Police responded to the area of 10 Francis Ave., the Renton Project, for a ShotSpotter activation reporting three shots fired.
 
Arriving units located ballistic evidence in the roadway and a parked vehicle had also been struck. 
 
Further investigation showed that one round had struck the side of one of the apartment buildings as well.
 
Pittsfield Police Detectives and Crime Scene responded to process the scene and reviewed area video surveillance with Patrol. A dark colored sedan was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed.
 
There were no reported injuries. This is not believed to be a random act. This incident remains under investigation.
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department Detective Bureau (413-448-9705), call the Tip line (413-448-9706), or send us a tip via text message by texting "PITTIP" and your message to 847411 (TIP411)

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Elizabeth Freeman Center Launches Rise Together for Safety and Justice

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) announced the launch of "Rise Together for Safety and Justice," an evolution of their annual Third Thursday Walk a Mile fundraiser. 
 
Like the previous 10 years, EFC will continue to hold its annual event in September, soliciting the support and participation of local businesses, organizations, and individuals to help raise awareness and support for the work its staff, board and volunteers do every day in domestic and sexual violence prevention and response.
 
"While our fundraiser theme has changed, our vision remains the same. We envision our community free from domestic and sexual violence in which all people live in safety, with dignity and justice," Executive Director Janis Broderick said. "We have been so grateful for the support of our annual fundraisers that grew each year. We hope that you will continue to support Elizabeth Freeman Center and Rise Together with us."
 
Rise Together will continue to be a family-friendly, community event, gathering together (as much as public health advisories allow) to walk, march, stroll, dance, and move together against domestic and sexual violence and for safety and justice. The safety of the community is EFC's priority. Like last year, walks will be held throughout Berkshire County for increased accessibility and due to COVID-19 precautions.
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