Hunter to be charged in NY school bus shooting

Posted Nov. 23, 2011, at 5:20 p.m.

DUNKIRK, N.Y. — A hunter whose rifle round traveled the length of five football fields before striking a school bus in rural western New York has been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

State police say 59-year-old William Squire of Conewango turned himself in Wednesday to face the misdemeanor counts, as well as a Department of Environmental Conservation violation for firing across a highway. He was issued an appearance ticket for Conewango Town Court.

Squire fired at a deer Monday morning, missed and hit the bus some 500 yards away on a road in Cattaraugus County. The driver and 35 students were unhurt when the round lodged in the interior roofline.

Squire wasn’t with a lawyer when he turned himself in. A telephone listing could not be located.

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