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Hill Cumorah gunman was target shooting at nearby farm, police say

The man accused of shooting at Hill Cumorah in New York on Wednesday evening was target shooting from farmland to the west of the site, police said.

The man accused of shooting at Hill Cumorah in New York on Wednesday evening was target shooting from farmland to the west of the site, police said. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)



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SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of shooting at Hill Cumorah on Wednesday evening was target shooting from farmland to the west of the site, police in New York said Thursday.

Michael R. Bushart, of Fairport, New York, was arrested for investigation of reckless endangerment. He was arraigned Thursday morning and released after being placed on pretrial supervision, New York State Police said in a news release.

About 5:45 p.m., troopers responded to Hill Cumorah Visitors' Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manchester "after an apartment window was struck by a bullet."

"Responding troopers and Ontario County sheriff deputies reported additional shots fired after they arrived on scene. Visitors and residents at Hill Cumorah were sheltered in place until the state police, Ontario County and Wayne County SWAT teams evacuated them to another location," police said.

Reports said the shooter fired as many as two dozen rounds from a treeline, twice striking the Hill Cumorah Visitors' Center. No one was injured.

An "extensive criminal investigation" led to the arrest of 23-year-old Bushart, police said.

"The investigation revealed Bushart was target shooting from farmland west of Hill Cumorah. A search warrant was executed in Fairport and a number of long guns were seized," according to the statement.

Police said the response required a "substantial force of law enforcement agencies" from the area.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley has also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.

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