Accused US-35 shooter makes first court appearance

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The man accused of firing shots that hit multiple vehicles on U.S. 35 made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

21-year-old Michael Blair, of Dayton, is pleading not guilty to multiple counts of felonious assault, shooting over a roadway, and having a weapon under disability because Blair is already a convicted felon.

READ MORE: Driver says he heard 10-12 gunshots when bullets hit cars on U.S. 35

Police are calling it a horribly dangerous situation, believing Blair to be both the driver and shooter.

Looking at Blair’s record, and assessing the recent risk of harm to the public, a judge set his bond at $200,000 dollars Wednesday afternoon.

Dayton Police believe Blair came behind a blue Chrysler 200 S when he leaned out of the window and began shooting.

The victims fled while Blair continued to follow and shoot, striking at least three vehicles.

READ MORE: Suspect in US-35 shooting turns himself in to police

Lt. Jason Hall says it stemmed from a long-running dispute but does not appear to be gang-related.

“The two victims involved were not directly involved with the pursuit. We believe that the suspect was targeting the vehicle believing that his intended target was inside,” Lt. Hall said.

Hall says they are not directly looking for anyone else, but adds it is an ongoing investigation, asking for the public’s help in finding the rifle Blair used.

“We’re also looking for an older Silver Pontiac, possibly Grand Prix or Grand Am that was used in the commission of this act,” said Lt. Hall.

Blair’s preliminary hearing is set for May 23.

Hall says others traveling in the area of U.S.-35 and Liscum Drive Monday evening may have had their vehicles hit by bullets, and encourages you if that is you – to report it to police.

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