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Shots fired into 2 cars, man charged

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‘It’s amazing’ that 10 occupants weren’t hit

By Greg Summers

A Lancaster man was arrested Thursday on multiple charges after allegedly firing shots into two cars occupied by a total of five adults and five children.
Ja’Mes Marcell Blair, 24, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen pistol.
Blair’s bond has been denied and he is jailed at the county detention center.
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Blair’s actions make no sense.
“It is amazing and fortunate that no one was injured by the gunfire,” Faile said.    
The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. Thursday on Norfolk Road, which is near McDonald Green Elementary School off Lynwood Drive.
According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release, the drivers of the two vehicles – a 2004 Ford Expedition and a 1998 Honda Accord – reported that Blair was standing in the yard at 2723 Norfolk Road when they heard gunfire and saw someone shooting a pistol in their direction.
The release said seven people, including three adults, along with four children ranging in ages from five to 12 years old were riding in the SUV. Two more adults and a 13 year old were riding in the Honda. The release said the 10 people were “relatives and acquaintances” traveling together.
One bullet struck the back left tire of the Expedition. Another bullet passed through the open driver’s side window of the Accord and struck the windshield.
The release deputies got a search warrant for 2723 Norfolk Road, went inside and arrested Blair. They also found a stolen pistol inside the home that was seized, as well as shell casings and one unfired bullet in the yard.
“Our deputies got to the scene and secured it, which prevented Blair from escaping,” Faile said. “We are glad that his was denied.”   

Contact Greg Summers at (803) 283-1156