Amherst BB shots get attention

  • Amherst Town Hall

Staff Writer
Thursday, January 11, 2018

AMHERST — A picture window at an Amherst home was struck by two pellets shot from a BB gun Jan. 3, prompting a police investigation into the incident.

Detective Nicholas Chandler said police were called at 6:34 p.m. by a resident on Blackberry Lane, a subdivision off East Pleasant Street, after she heard two shots hit the living room window while she was cooking dinner in the kitchen.

The window was damaged, but the pellets didn’t enter the home, Chandler said.

The resident told police she saw a dark-colored SUV slow down in front of her home and then depart during the incident.

At 8:51 p.m., a second Blackberry Lane resident reported hearing a loud bang outside her home, setting off a motion detector light and causing her dog to bark. No one was found in the yard after K-9 Marvin was used for a brief search.

With no suspects identified, it’s unsure if the vandalism is connected to previous incidents, which led to the arrest of a Leverett man, who was determined to be responsible for shooting BB pellets at windows at Primo’s Too Pizzeria, 255 Triangle St., and the neighboring Amherst Center Store, 259 Triangle St., both of which were reported on the evening of Oct. 31.

But pellets fired at other business windows, a window on a vehicle parked at Village Park Apartments and glass in a bus stop in town center, all last fall, remain under investigation.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.