Mom of Taco Bell worker defends son after BB gun shooting

Says angry customer attacked Steven Noska

Steven Noska, 26, of Springfield, is accused of shooting a customer of the Taco Bell on Liberty Street with a BB gun. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department
Steven Noska, 26, of Springfield, is accused of shooting a customer of the Taco Bell on Liberty Street with a BB gun. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The mother of a Springfield Taco Bell employee charged with using a BB gun to shoot a belligerent customer upset at poor service is a “good man and hard worker” who was defending himself.

Steven Noska was released on $250 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Springfield police say the 26-year-old Noska, an employee at the Liberty Street Taco Bell, used a BB gun he retrieved from is car to shoot a customer who was enraged when no one came to the drive-thru window to take his order at 4 a.m. Sunday. The customer also allegedly banged on the locked front door.

Noska’s mother, Mary-Elizabeth Bewsee, tells the Boston Herald that the customer got inside and started knocking items off the counter, then attacked her son on the outside.

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