One man’s boredom led to his arrest Tuesday afternoon, after he pumped up an air rifle, pointed it from his parked SUV and fired it for fun a few hundred feet from the Suffolk County Center in Riverside, county sheriffs said.
The man, who was not identified by police, was sitting in a tan Honda CR-V in the south parking lot about 4:30 p.m. when he began pumping the unloaded air rifle and then pointed it at a passing car, said deputy sheriff Sgt. Salvatore Petrone.
The man fired the air rifle, scaring the woman driving the other vehicle. The woman then called police and reported she was shot at.
Sheriff’s deputies and Southampton Town police officers rushed to the scene and located the man in the parking lot, where he told police he was bored at the time and didn’t intend to harm anyone.
“He just did something really stupid,” Sgt. Petrone said.
The man was arrested for reckless endangerment, Sgt. Petrone said, adding that he may also be charged with criminal weapons possession after he was found with two air rifles in his car.
Additional information about the arrest was not immediately available.