Lower Township, NJ (OCTOBER 8, 2021)--- On September 22, 2021 at approximately 8:30 pm, the Cape May County Communications Center received a call from a juvenile stating that she had been shot by an airsoft gun from a vehicle in the area of Bayshore Road and Greenwood Avenue, while walking home. Officers of the Lower Township Police Patrol Division responded to the complainant’s residence where they observed injuries consistent with an airsoft or BB gun. An immediate search of the area for the vehicle met with negative results.
On September 29, 2021 around 8:20 pm, the Cape May County Communications Center received a similar call, this time from an adult female. She stated that she had been shot by a BB style gun from a vehicle on Bayshore Road near the Villas Fire Department. The victim was treated at the scene for her injuries and later provided a formal statement to Lower Township Detectives.
Utilizing surveillance camera footage, Detectives were able to develop a suspect vehicle. A court- authorized search warrant was executed in Woodbine, New Jersey where an automatic airsoft gun was recovered. It was determined that the acts were being committed by several juveniles as well as an 18 year old male identified as Elijah Jackson, 18 of Cape May, NJ. Jackson was charged with multiple counts of Aggravated Assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b, Conspiracy, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2, Unlawful Possession of an Imitation Firearm, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4e, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d and Employing a Juvenile in the Commission of a Crime, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-9. Jackson was released on a summons pending further adjudication; charges for the involved juveniles are forthcoming.
The Lower Township Police encourage anyone who believes they may have been struck with a projectile recently to report the incident through the Cape May County Communications Center at 609-886-2711.
*Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he/she is proven guilty.