Monday, October 30, 2000

Man target of shooting for 2nd time in month

By Joe Wessels
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A bullet went through the bill of Donald Blair's Reds cap and grazed his head.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        A Northside man was grazed with a bullet Sunday, the second time in a month he escaped death by gunfire.

        Shortly before 2 p.m., Donald A. Blair, 18, was sitting outside his mother's home in the 4400 block of Colerain Avenue at about 2 p.m. when a man opened fire with a handgun, then fled on foot, police said.

        Four shots missed Mr. Blair; one grazed him.

        The bullet passed through the bill of Mr. Blair's Cincinnati Reds ball cap, grazing his forehead. He was taken to University Hospital for stitches, Cincinnati Police Sgt. Bill Halusek said.

        Mr. Blair's mother, Teresa Blair, said her son was just released from the hospital after being shot in the abdomen and stomach just weeks ago.

        Injuries from the previous shooting has made taking full breaths hard for her son, she said. Mr. Blair has a “zipper” scar on his stomach, apparently from the previous shooting, Sgt. Halusek said.

        Police said they did have leads on the suspect in the Sunday shooting, but no one had been arrested Sunday night..

        Family members said they didn't know why Mr. Blair would be the target of a shooting.

        “The victim is no stranger to the law enforcement community,” Sgt. Halusek said.

        A check of court documents shows Mr. Blair has an extensive criminal record, including drug abuse and possession convictions. He also has been charged with intimidating a witness and assault and domestic violence, but the disposition of those cases was unclear Sunday.

        “He doesn't put up with everyone's bull,” said John Ferneding, Mr. Blair's step-grandfather. “He stands up for his rights.”


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