Man charged in connection to Northgate Mall Arby's shooting

Man charged in connection to Northgate Mall Arby's shooting

May 21st, 2019 by Rosana Hughes in Local Regional News

Ronald Blackwell Jr.

Ronald Blackwell Jr.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Ronald Blackwell Jr. turned himself in on Monday after being accused of firing a gun at multiple people earlier this month.

On May 14, two brothers went to drop someone off for work at the Arby's at Northgate Mall Drive when they were confronted by Blackwell, an acquaintance of their mother, according to Hamilton County Court records.

They told police they'd been in an argument with their mother earlier that day, and it got physical, court records state.

That's why Blackwell was confronting them, they told police.

Blackwell told them, "B — —, I'm going to kill y'all" before walking to his vehicle and taking out a handgun, court records show.

He then aimed and fired at each of the three victims individually, court records state. The records did not state whether any of the men were struck by the bullets.

The victims and witnesses told police that three rounds were fired, and police recovered a .380 ACP casing at the scene.

Blackwell then fled the scene in a black Lincoln Navigator while holding the gun out of the window, court records show.

Arby's surveillance video captured Blackwell leaving the scene but did not show the shots being fired.

Blackwell turned himself in on Monday and is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and disorderly conduct.

His bond was set at $215,000.

Blackwell has an arrest history in Hamilton County dating back to 1995, online court records show. Most of his charges are for traffic violations.

Contact staff writer Rosana Hughes at rhughes@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327 with tips or story ideas. Follow her on Twitter @HughesRosana.


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