WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A man was arrested and faces felony charges after police say he opened fire in the direction of neighbors who were setting off fireworks in Williston, injuring two people.
According to a police affidavit, 59-year-old David Allen Bartz told officers he was “fed up” with neighbors setting off fireworks and began shooting his .20 gauge Beretta shotgun in the air on Friday night. Bartz is originally from California, according to a Williams County Jail booking report.
One victim was struck in the wrist by shotgun pellets and another was hit in the ear.
Bartz is charged with three counts of felony terrorizing, two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm within city limits. It was not clear Monday if he had an attorney yet. A listed telephone number for him could not be found.
According to the affidavit, Bartz told law enforcement officers that the victims got what they deserved. He then called them “a bunch of sissies,” because he had been shot at closer range before. After discharging his weapon, Bartz allegedly said he walked over to his neighbors’ garage carrying his shotgun and asked, “Have you had enough?”
Police officers found damage consistent with shotgun pellets on two pickup trucks and the back wall of a garage. The affidavit notes this is inconsistent with the claim that the weapon was fired in the air.
The affidavit contains a number of expletive-filled threats witnesses say Bartz yelled after he opened fire. One witness alleges Bartz shouted, “Call the cops, I don’t care,” as he reloaded his weapon.
The affidavit adds that when Bartz was informed he was being charged with assault, he chuckled, again saying the victims were sissies.
Williston residents are permitted to set off fireworks on the Fourth of July. But the bangs and fizzles of fireworks in the sky have been a common occurrence in the week leading up to the holiday.
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