Death of 22-year-old Asiyanna Jones ruled a homicide

Investigation into shooting death continues

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PITTSFIELD — After the death of woman in Pittsfield on Monday, a state medical examiner has ruled that Asiyanna Jones died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The 22-year-old was found in a car late that night in the area of 242 Dewey Ave., according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.Local authorities say residents heard between three and 10 shots around 10:45 p.m. on Monday just prior to Jones being found in the vehicle with a gunshot wound.

She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, and then flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was pronounced dead about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Her death marks the city's second shooting-related homicide of 2017. Police said that's in addition to 11 other shootings in Pittsfield in 2017 that resulted in some type of nonfatal injury.

City and state police investigators have yet to identify a suspect or a possible motive for the shooting that remains under investigation.

The Pittsfield Police Department, District Attorney's office and Mayor Linda Tyer urge the public to help out with the investigation.

"I also want to encourage those in the community who may have information related to this or to any other crime to please say something," Tyer said in a recorded message on Tuesday. "You may have information that is vital to the work of our law enforcement agencies and we need your help."

The DA announced Wednesday afternoon that Dr. Robert Welton, an associate medical examiner for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, conducted the autopsy on Wednesday in Holyoke and ruled the woman's death a homicide.

Police are asking anyone with information about the circumstances leading up to Jones' death to contact the Pittsfield Police Department's Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department with assistance from the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office, members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the Massachusetts State Police Firearms Identification Section.

Reach staff writer Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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