U.S. 35 shots fired: Watch as Dayton police take suspect to jail

Published: Monday, May 13, 2019 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

News Center 7 cameras were rolling as police led a suspect in a shots fired incident on U.S. 35 earlier this week into the Montgomery County Jail Tuesday.

Dayton police have arrested a person of interest Tuesday evening in the shots fired incident that occurred on Monday on U.S. 35.

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Micheal J. Blair was booked at 6:40 p.m. into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault. He is due in Dayton Municipal Court this afternoon.

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Police released new information yesterday evening into the investigation after shots were fired at multiple vehicles Monday at Liscum Drive and U.S. 35.

“We have identified a person of interest and are actively working to locate and apprehend this individual,” Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall said. “After interviewing witnesses, all indications are that this incident stemmed from a dispute and was not random.”

A man said he recorded a person firing shots out of a driver's side window on U.S. 35 just before people started calling 911.

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A driver sent in video to News Center 7 showing a car where witnesses said someone was shooting out out of a drivers side as it was going down U.S. 35.

Seconds later, people started calling 9-1-1.

“There was a guy shooting at our car ... It was a silver car. He was shooting at a blue car,” the woman told a 9-1-1 operator-dispatcher with Montgomery County Regional Dispatch. 

“He was hanging out of his window, shooting,” she said. The vehicle continued heading west on U.S. 35. 

She wasn’t hit by any of the slugs, but said she heard at least five or six rounds.

“I just ducked down in my seat, praying,” the woman said. “It was constant as it went by me.”

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One of the victims told News Center 7 that he was stopped at a red light when the gunfire started and that he ducked as some of the shots hit his car.

“I was waiting for a window or something to come in,” said the Kettering resident. “That's what was just going through my mind. I was waiting for that glass to break because I could just hear it all around me.”

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While at the scene Tuesday, News Center 7’s John Bedell found a spent rifle casing on the sidewalk.

Police sent out an evidence crew to collect it, but don’t know if it’s from Monday’s shooting yet.

News Center 7 checked with St. Benedict, located right across the street from the scene, if their cameras captured anything.

We’ve also reached out to the Ohio Department of Transportation to see if they have traffic cameras that may have caught the incident.

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Officers responded to the area of U.S 35 and Liscum Drive after three vehicles were reportedly struck by bullets when gunfire was reported in the area around 4:20 p.m. Monday, dispatch records show.

Another driver whose car was hit said he was at a red light in the same location when he heard the gunfire. He said he sped off — through the red light — to avoid the hail of bullets.

“I was afraid to pull over,” he said. “When I got home, I was checking my car and I got a lot of bullet holes in my car,” in both sides of the trunk area, he told a 9-1-1 operator-dispatcher.

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He said he was new to the area and was left shaking by the ordeal.

“I’ve been shaking the whole time,” he said. “I mean, I’m OK.”

Dispatchers have received reports of damage to the vehicles, however no people have been reported injured, records show.

A Dayton police officer at the Westown Shopping Center, where a blue car believed to have been involved was found, said the investigation is continuing.