Suspect arrested after shooting near Berkshire Medical Center; lockdown lifted

The hospital was put on lockdown while police searched the building

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Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield is seen here in a WWLP file image.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hospital operations are back to normal Saturday at Berkshire Medical Center after a shooting in the area forced a lock down.

20-year-old Dylan Ducharme of Pittsfield is arrested and charged with assault and battery. Pittsfield Police say he started shooting a gun in the area of Hull Avenue just before noon.

Witnesses reported seeing Ducharme run toward the hospital, and some said they saw him go inside the Medical Arts Complex. The hospital was put on lock down while police searched the building.

Nate McBean was inside visiting a patient when he heard gunshots. He told 22News, “I came down to visit someone in the hospital and I just heard a gunshot. Cops were going this way and that way and all of a sudden a saw a cop with a dog and an M16. I went back inside. I tried coming back outside and it was a lock down and all that and after that I really don’t know what happened because they directed me back inside.”

A few minutes later, police got a report that Ducharme may have been spotted in a vehicle in the area of 2nd street. They found him and he was arrested, no one was hurt. Police say no shots were ever fired inside the hospital.

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