According to a release from the Pittsfield Police Department, on Thursday at approximately 10:05 PM multiple units with the Pittsfield Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Palmer’s Variety, located at 221 Elm Street.

Information obtained at the scene indicated that two vehicles had been involved in an altercation that included a motor vehicle crash.

According to independent eyewitnesses, a passenger in one of the vehicles then fired multiple rounds at the other vehicle. Damage consistent with gunfire was observed on the victim’s vehicle. A handgun and ammunition were later discovered a short distance away from the shooting. No significant injuries were reported.

As a result of the ensuing investigation, 27-year old William Hennessey of the Springfield area was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Carrying a Firearm without a License, and Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges against Hennessey and others may be forthcoming.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact the PPD Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).