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Community Preaches Involvement And Engagement In Wake Of Teen Shooting

Jim Levulis

More than 200 people turned out for a community meeting in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Monday night to address concerns in the wake of a shooting involving two teenagers last week.

People lined the walls of the gym at Morningside Community School to talk ways to address youth and gang violence in the city. One of those who spoke was Dolores Wright. She says her grandson, Deshon Taylor, is the 17-year-old who was shot around 9 a.m. August 18th near the busy intersection of Tyler and First St.

“I’m not going to give up on this young man,” Wright said. “Or the other young man that I don’t even know. But, I think we as parents need to be more involved, be out there.”

Wright says Taylor was on his way to work when he was shot. Police have not officially released the victim’s name but say he is in stable condition at Berkshire Medical Center. Pittsfield Police have arrested a 15-year-old male believed to be the shooter. His name has not been released because he is a juvenile.  

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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