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 . 

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.

ralph September 11, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I see another Nit and Wit are at it again. What is wrong with people? Dumb and Dumber will now spend some time in prison because they thought the were snipers in some far away fantasy land. Brainiacs at best, I hope the judge gives them the full sentence. Let's hope the poor women who was shot is ok. I'm sure she has a nice welt/black and blue mark from the incident.
Phil Hadley September 11, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The Aftermath of the shooting in Colorado and these two staged this assault. They should be put away for many years. Let them understand these actions have severe consequences. I would like to see them away for their 20's. Maybe that will teach them and many others that this is not how society moves forward. Contact Peter Martin Attorney General if you agree.
Chris Christensen September 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Try them as the adults that they are and hit them with everything that the law can attach to them. I would like to hear that the woman sues them for big bucks too. She needs to lawyer up. Hopefully there is a lawyer someplace that will assist her for free as an example to the rest of the Nits and Wits and their families too!
Matthew Tomaskovic September 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I know both of these kids, they were in my grade but i haven't seen them since about the end of Middle school, i'm gonna be honest i'm not surprised by the fact that these two are dumb enough to pull this crap.
Taylor September 11, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I couldn't agree more Matt. This is ridiculous and I just have to wonder what was going on in their heads because this is just messed up.
Nard Glimrod September 11, 2012 at 08:47 PM
First of all, kudos to the victim for contacting the authorities concerning these two morons. Second, good job by the Portsmouth Police for apprehending them and gathering all the evidence mentioned in the article. It's a relief that cool heads prevailed. I hope two things happen or have happened: 1) I hope the police visit the homes of these guys and search for other, more lethal weapons. It would be devastating to learn that this was a dress rehearsal for a more deadly event. 2) I further hope that the judicial system throws the book at these two imbeciles. Five years each is not enough. Someone mentioned above putting them "away for their 20's". Not a bad thought at all. I also hope that Patch keeps us updated on their status.
John September 11, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Surely the woman had someone with her that was quick enough to catch these hoodlums and hand them over to authorities?
Good Year September 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM
These first time offenders will not spend one minute in jail, you can count on it!


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