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Warrants: Raleigh man shot at neighbor

Posted April 30, 2011

— A Raleigh man tried to shoot a woman who lives near him Friday, according to arrest warrants.

Police stated in the warrants that Bart Joseph Lawson, 49, of 7804 S. California Drive, pointed a semi-automatic gun at the woman and pulled the trigger five times. All of the shots apparently missed.

Lawson was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun and discharging a weapon within city limits.

He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $5,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was set for June 16.

He was convicted of driving while impaired three times between 2001 and 2003, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • tritonlm6 May 3, 2011

    Easy there cupcake. Could be that he's off his rocker. Not defending him. Not trying to justify anything. I don't know if she has pets. I don't know if they know each other. Don't know if she has a kickin' entertainment center either. Playing music too loud? Too late? Just wondering why he would shoot at his neighbor.

  • shortcake53 May 2, 2011

    Pet waste??? Really?? You think that justifies shooting at her??
    How do you know she even has pets, or even knows this man at all? Just because she lives in the vicinity doesnt mean they interact. Maybe he is just off his rocker.

  • tritonlm6 May 2, 2011

    What about the other half of the story? WHY did he shoot at her? Random? Or is it something that's been coming to a head over the years, like letting her pets do their business in his yard and then not cleaning it up? Sometimes stuff like that comes to a head and BAM!

  • shortcake53 May 2, 2011

    Thank God he missed.