Pierce County prosecutors have filed charges against a 21-year-old man accused of firing a gun outside a Tacoma high school football game last month.
Tacoma police arrested Adrian Obryant Jacobs on Friday night and booked him into jail. On Monday, prosecutors charged him with first-degree assault, driveby shooting and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.
In court documents, prosecutors allege he was driving a Jeep Cherokee and fired a gun at a group of young men who’d been standing in the parking lot outside the Sept. 18 game between Mount Tahoma and Foss high schools. Someone in that group returned fire. No injuries were reported in the exchange.
Charging documents provide the following information…
Campus security officers were called to deal with unruly fans in the bleachers during the game. The fans were members of three rival gangs and were challenging and taunting one another.
“Before a fight ensued, security removed gang members from the game,” charging documents state. “As one group was being escorted out, they encountered another rival group in the parking lot.”
Witnesses reported that a group of five to six teens was standing next to the parking lot exit when a Jeep Cherokee pulled up next to it. The driver fired a handgun at the group.
Witnesses reported that a member of the group standing in the parking lot fired back before the group jumped a nearby fence and fled into a cemetery.
The Jeep fled at a high rate of speed.
Jacobs was identified as the driver of the Jeep and one of the gunman. When he was arrested, he told officers he’d driven his Jeep to Mount Tahoma High on the night of the shooting after a friend called for a ride. Investigators searched his house and found a jacket and baseball hat similar to what was worn the night of the shooting.
He claimed that as they were leaving, someone shot at his vehicle. The Jeep was struck by a round. He denied shooting a weapon during the incident.