Cops in Cape May County say several teenagers have been arrested after they allegedly shot two people with an airsoft gun while they were driving.

Lower Township Police say the first incident happened on the evening of September 22nd when a juvenile reported she had been shot by an airsoft gun from a passing vehicle near Bayshore Road and Greenwood Avenue. Cops searched the area but were not able to find those responsible.

About a week later, on September 29th, police received a similar call, this time from an adult woman. She also told officers she had been hit with a BB-style gun on Bayshore Road near the Villas Fire Department.

By using surveillance camera footage, detectives were able to identify the vehicle that was involved. They say they executed a search warrant in Woodbine and an automatic airsoft gun was recovered.

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Officials say several juveniles and 18-year-old Elijah Jackson of Cape May were responsible. Jackson was charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy, unlawful possession of an imitation firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon, and employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime. He was released on a summons.

Charges for the other teens that were involved are forthcoming.

Lower Township Police encourage anyone who believes they may have been hit with a similar projectile to report the incident by calling (609) 886-2711.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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