Men Charged with BB Shooting at PHS Tennis Courts
Two men were arrested Sunday after allegedly planning to shoot random people at the high school tennis courts, police say.
A Boston woman is recovering after being shot in the leg with a BB while playing tennis Sunday at Portsmouth High School.
Police say the woman was shot by two men, who were hiding in the woods, dressed all in black and using a camouflage screen to hide them from potential victims.
Officers were first called to the high school tennis courts at 2:06 p.m. for a report of a BB/pellet gun being fired at a person. The victim, a 29-year-old Boston woman, told police she was shot by a projectile in the upper leg while playing tennis.
Police soon discovered two men hiding in the wooded area next to the high school. The two men, who were arrested, were identified as 18-year-old Jordan Jacobson III and Bruce Lawson, also 18.
When arrested, Lawson was wearing a black knit cap, black jeans, black shirt, black fingerless gloves and wearing a black, tactical vest. Inside the vest, Lawson was carrying two BB pistols.
Lawson also had in his possession a BB rifle with attached scope and tripod, which was used in the assault, police said.
Jacobson had a pellet pistol, which was located inside a backpack he was carrying.
In the area where the projectiles had been shot from, officers located a camouflage hunting blind, which police say, was used to shield the two men from their victim.
An investigation revealed that the two men had planned on shooting at random people the day before this incident and had gone to this wooded area to stage and set up their area of attack, according to police.
Jacobson, of 2232 East Main Road, was charged with conspiracy to commit felony assault and possession of a firearm on school grounds.
Lawson, of 37 Mason Ave., is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit felony assault and possession of firearms on school grounds.
Both men were arraigned at Newport County District Court on Monday. Bail was set for Lawson at $10,000 with surety. Bail was set for Jacobson at $5,000 with surety.
Both men were ordered to have a mental health evaluation.
The cases will now be referred to the Attorney General’s Office for screening.