A 23-year-old Oxon Hill man charged last October in what prosecutors called a racially motivated shooting rampage in Southeast Washington was indicted yesterday on one charge of first-degree murder and nine charges of assault with intent to kill, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Ian James Blair was indicted on first-degree murder in the slaying of James Montgomery, 28, who was shot as he walked along Fourth Street at Mississippi Avenue SE, according to law enforcement sources.
The Oct. 11 shooting rampage left two others seriously injured and the Washington Highlands community where it occurred in an uproar.
Shots were fired at nine persons, and at a previous hearing Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Long-Doyle said that the shots were specifically aimed at "black people." She said that moments after the gunman shot one man, he uttered a racial slur.
The shooting rampage had been the subject of community protests because of the apparent random selection of victims and the initial treatment of Blair after his arrest. He originally was charged with second-degree murder and released on $10,000 bond.
About a week later, prosecutors increased the charges to one count each of first-degree murder and assault with intent to kill, after saying that they needed conclusive ballistics tests to do so. Blair pleaded not guilty. His bond was revoked and he is being held at D.C. Jail.
In yesterday's 13-count indictment, Blair also was charged with destroying property, carrying a pistol without a license and mayhem while armed. The last charge came in the shooting of Matthew Pressley, who suffered nerve damage to a leg that doctors say may be permanent, according to law enforcement sources.