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Attempted Murder Arrest

Lancaster, South Carolina April 14, 2017


            Ja’Mes Marcell Blair, age 24, of Lancaster, was arrested Thursday, April 13, 2017, for shooting a handgun into two occupied cars on Norfolk Road in Lancaster.  Deputies were dispatched to the area a little before 1:30 p. m. and talked with the occupants of the two cars, a 2004 Ford Expedition and a 1998 Honda Accord.  The Expedition was occupied by three adults and four children ranging in age from five months to 12 years.  The Honda was occupied by two adults and one 13-year-old child.  The occupants were relatives and acquaintances and were traveling together.  As they approached the intersection of Norfolk Road and Kirkover Drive near the residence at 2723 Norfolk Road, they heard gunfire.  Witnesses saw Blair in the yard at 2723 Norfolk Road shooting a handgun toward the cars.  Both cars were struck.  It appears a bullet struck the left rear tire of the Expedition, and a bullet passed through the open driver’s window of the Accord and struck the windshield.  The occupants of the cars were not injured.


            Deputies, criminal investigators, and crime scene investigators responded to the scene.  The cars were examined, and a search warrant was obtained for the property at 2723 Norfolk Road.  Blair was found inside the home and was arrested.  A pistol was also found inside the home and was seized.  It had been reported stolen.  Fired cartridge cases and an unfired cartridge were found in the yard and were seized.  Warrants were served upon Blair this morning.  He 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 one count of Possession of a Stolen Pistol.  Bond for Blair was denied by a magistrate today.  A photograph of Blair is attached.


            “What happened yesterday afternoon makes absolutely no sense,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.  “Blair is charged with firing multiple shots at two vehicles occupied by a total of ten people including five children.  It is amazing and fortunate that no one was injured by the gunfire.  Our deputies got to the scene and secured it, which prevented Blair from escaping.  We are glad that his bond was denied.”         


            Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.crimestopperssc.com.