Two men arrested in Great Barrington after shooting at Lake Mansfield

Two Western Massachusetts men were arrested Tuesday night in Great Barrington after allegedly firing a gun in the parking lot at Lake Mansfield and later displaying a gun in a nearby convenience store, police said.

Austin Whitney, 22, of Great Barrington and Nathan Bona, 20, of Southfield, were charged with multiple counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, Great Barrington police said in a statement.

Additionally, Bona was charged with making a threat to commit a crime and operating under the influence of liquor, according to police.


They are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Southern Berkshire District Court.

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The men are accused in separate gun incidents that unfolded late Tuesday night.

At 10 p.m., police responded to a report at Lake Mansfield, a popular recreational spot in Great Barrington. After arriving, police learned that two men in a pickup truck had fired a handgun several times, striking a storage shed, the statement said.

Moments later, police received a call from Cumberland Farms on Main Street, reporting that two men in a pickup truck were causing a disturbance.

The store clerk confronted the pair, after which one of them lifted his shirt, and “displayed a firearm tucked into his wasitband,” before the pair drove away in the truck, according to police.


Police quickly located the truck. Bona and Whitney were arrested after a traffic stop.

A search warrant was obtained and the firearm in question was found in the truck, police said.

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