LOGANTON, Pennsylvania — A couple high on bath salts opened fire at a swarm of fireflies that they thought were laser beams being shot by aliens, police said.
Katherine McCloskey, 22, and Jesse Shields, 30, both of Mill Hall, were driving around in a pickup truck near Loganton last Friday when they spotted the glowing insects, state police said.
Thinking the lights were supernatural, Shields pulled out a .357 Magnum belonging to McCloskey’s father, and fired it to scare off “whoever was messing with them,” PennLive reported.
Shields then allegedly ran to a nearby home and demanded the homeowner call police, saying they were under attack. While the homeowner was on the phone, Shields used his gun to smash in the window of a screen door.
After waiting 20 minutes for cops, Shields and McCloskey ran off to another home. There, the couple woke up a family who found Shields in their living room screaming about being attacked and asking them to call 911. McCloskey was there crying as well.
As the homeowner’s wife dialed 911, the homeowner wrested the gun away from Shields.
Shields then asked if he could take a shower to get the “goo” off him that was burning his skin.
He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was held on $250,000 bail.
McCloskey was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, DUI, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and held on $15,000 bail.