Suspected freeway shooter in custody

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A 24-year-old man was being held without bail Wednesday in
connection with a spree of apparently random freeway shootings that wounded a
motorist and left bullet holes in several moving vehicles from National City to
Del Mar.

Enrique Ayon of Lancaster was captured in the Los Angeles area late
Tuesday morning, nearly 24 hours after he allegedly opened fire with a high-
powered pistol from inside a northbound 2006 Chevrolet Malibu in at least four
locations on Interstate 805 and I-5 across San Diego County.

Ayon was booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of
attempted murder, assault, discharge of a firearm causing injury and shooting
at an inhabited vehicle. Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday afternoon,
according to sheriff's officials.

Shortly before the car-to-car shooting rampage began, the suspect
allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run crash on East San Ysidro Boulevard,
near the U.S.-Mexico border.

A few minutes later, at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, the first firearm
assault occurred on northbound Interstate 805, near East Plaza Boulevard, San
Diego police Lt. Darryl Hoover said. At least one bullet hit a car, but no one
was hurt.

A short time later, gunfire erupted again on the same freeway at Mesa
College Drive in Serra Mesa, wounding a 26-year-old driver, Hoover said. Medics
took the victim to a trauma center for treatment of a non-life-threatening
wound to his thigh.

Within the next quarter-hour or so, two more shootings occurred on I-805
near State Route 163, where a California Highway Patrol officer was assisting
a motorist, and on northbound Interstate 5 in the area of Del Mar Heights Road,
according to Hoover. An ambulance apparently was targeted in the latter
assault, he said. No one was injured in those attacks.

None of the victims reported having had any type of contact or
communication with the driver of the Malibu before coming under fire, according
to Hoover, who said the crimes appeared to add up to “stranger-on-stranger”

Preliminary evidence indicates the shots “were all from the same gun
and of the same caliber” — a semiautomatic pistol, CHP public-affairs Officer
Art Athans said.

On Monday night, the CHP identified Ayon as a “person of interest” in
the shootings, based on a report from at least one witness who took down the
license-plate number of the Malibu.

Shortly before 10 the following morning, a motorist spotted the
suspect's vehicle traveling through the Los Angeles area and made a 911 call.
Officers pulled over and arrested Ayon a short time later on the Foothill
Freeway, near Osborne Street in Lake View Terrace.

Investigators had no immediate insight into what type of “mindset”
prompted the shooter's apparently indiscriminate targeting of strangers' cars
on busy freeways, Athans said.

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