MISSOULA — An 18-year-old motorist who allegedly said he was “just having fun” when he pointed an air gun at other motorists and toward a day care center faces felony charges in Missoula County Justice Court.
Skylore Layneblack Hallock is to appear this afternoon on three charges of assault with a weapon and one of obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor.
Hallock was arrested Friday at Southgate Mall after police received complaints that a man in a Volvo was shooting from the car’s window and pointing the gun at people, according to charging documents filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jessica Finley.
One man told police he was in his car outside a Brooks Street day care center when he heard four “pops,” according to Finley’s affidavit.
“He saw a male’s arm extended out of the rear passenger seat window of a vehicle holding what appeared to be a black 9mm handgun pointed directly at him and then toward the day care. … (He) stated he was scared one of the children in the day care might have been shot and that the noise from the gun terrified him,” according to the affidavit.
And a couple told police they were driving southbound on Brooks near the Fairview intersection, behind a green Volvo, when a man in the rear passenger seat leaned out the window and pointed a gun at them and smiled, the affidavit said.
They told police the man wore a red hat and red suspenders, and that the Volvo turned into the mall parking lot, it said.
When police saw a man in a red hat, black shirt and red suspenders, they yelled at him to stop, but he ran from them first, it said.
The Volvo’s driver told police his passenger was firing a pellet gun while they drove, and police found a black airsoft Colt Defender CO2-powered pellet handgun and an unused CO2 cartridge, it said.
Hallock allegedly told police that he and his friends were driving down Brooks, listening to rap, and that “he pointed his airsoft gun out the window and pulled the trigger about 10 times, pulling the trigger to the ‘beat of the music,’ ” Finley’s affidavit said.
He said the gun didn’t have any pellets or BBs, but made a “popping” noise, according to the affidavit.
“Hallock stated he was just having fun,” it said.
When asked if he thought he might have scared people, Hallock allegedly replied that he was an “asshole and didn’t care what people thought,” it said.
Assault with a weapon carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.