Police: Adams man felt 'horrible' after shooting school buses with BB gun


ADAMS — A Lime Street man has admitted firing a BB gun at two school buses near his home on Friday after initially shooting at squirrels, according to police.

Bailey Hisert, 20, told police "I messed up big time and I feel horrible about it," according to a criminal complaint filed by Adams Police Officer Matthew Wright.

Hisert allegedly fired the BB gun as the buses passed his house about 2:20 p.m., but he told police he didn't think anyone would notice. He said that he didn't see either bus driver react to the shots and went back inside to watch television.

There were no injuries from the shooting — each bus had only a driver and a single passenger — but a small child was covered in glass as a result of a window shattering,

Local and state police, including the Berkshire County Special Response Team, quickly swarmed the area where shots were reported fired. Officers quickly determined the source of the shots was Hisert's Lime Street residence by judging where the buses were at the time of the incident and locating broken glass on the road.

After hearing officers say his name on a police scanner, Hisert came out of the house without incident.

"I heard [the officer] say to let her know when they're going in so that she can get into better position," Hisert wrote, prompting him to exit the house with his hands in the air.

Although he initially denied knowledge of the shots fired, he "felt so bad about what happened ... so I told them the truth."

Hisert wrote that he had initially gotten out the BB gun to shoot at squirrels that were eating from a nearby supply of bird food.

Wright noted in the police report that Hisert was emotional during the booking process and explained the situation to his parents on a recorded phone line.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court in North Adams on Monday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of malicious destruction of property over $250, and one count of disorderly conduct.

He was released on several conditions — including that he wear a GPS monitoring device and not own a firearm or BB gun.

He is scheduled to appear in court on April 25 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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