Fight over tacos led to BB gun shooting, police say

SPD: Customer was upset that he wasn't being served

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An employee of a Springfield Taco Bell restaurant is being charged with assault and battery, after he allegedly shot an angry customer with a BB gun during an early morning argument over service. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Steven Noska, 26, of Springfield, is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the incident at the Liberty Street restaurant.

According to Delaney, police were called to the Hungry Hill restaurant at around 4:00 Sunday morning, after their hold-up alarm was activated. The officers found a 26 year-old man banging on the door of the Taco Bell (which was open for business at the time). He told police that he had gone to the drive thru window to get some tacos, but was not being helped, even when he began banging on the window and yelling.

The victim said he then went to the front door to complain, which led to a confrontation between him and Noska that turned physical (Noska had bite marks on his arm from the victim, Delaney says). Noska then allegedly went to his car, took out a pistol (which turned out to be a BB gun) and shot the victim with BBs several times before hitting him with the gun.

Delaney says that several people saw the incident, and took videos which they showed to police.

Police arrested Noska, who was inside the restaurant, and seized the BB gun. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court.

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