Victim in Northampton fatal shooting ID’d as Joseph R. Fillio of Pittsfield

  • Northampton Police conduct an investigation at a multi-family residence at the corner of Randolph Place and Pleasant Street on Thursday morning. Gazette staff/kevin gutting

Staff Writer
Published: 12/3/2021 12:11:30 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The victim in a fatal shooting Wednesday night has been identified as Joseph R. Fillio, a 39-year-old man from Pittsfield, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Fillio died after being shot in the head around 11 p.m. on Wednesday in a downtown apartment at Randolph Place, which is off Pleasant Street.

Police later arrested Steven J. Malloy, 32, whom the DA’s office said was a Springfield man whose address is the streets of Northampton. While Malloy was not found in the apartment, witnesses said they saw him fleeing the area on foot, according to the DA’s office. Police found him in the vicinity of West Street.

Malloy pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder on Thursday and was ordered held without bail by Northampton District Court Judge John McKenna.

Malloy’s next court date is Jan. 20.

The investigation is ongoing and further details from the court file about the incident are not available at this time, according to the Northampton District Court clerk’s office.

Abigal Crawford lives in the building where the shooting took place, although she was asleep at the time it happened. Still, Crawford said she wasn’t surprised that someone was shot, saying there have been other crimes in the building.

“This building and this neighborhood isn’t what I thought it was when I moved in,” she said.

Crawford is originally from Springfield, and has lived in New Orleans and Los Angeles, so while she described the shooting as “jarring,” it’s not something she’s unfamiliar with.

“Northampton is a lot seedier than it seems,” Crawford said.

The shooting is the first homicide in Hampshire County in 2021.


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