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Freeway shooter acted alone, firing randomly, officials say

October 6, 2011 |  1:09 pm

SanDiego County freeway shooting suspect Enrique Ayon acted alone, officials say The 24-year-old Lancaster man charged in Monday's freeway shootings in San Diego County appears to have been acting alone and firing at random, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Enrique Ayon, arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles County, is set to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in San Diego County Superior Court on multiple felony counts, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and firing into an occupied vehicle.

"It does appear to be a random shooting," Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis told a morning news conference, "which is what shakes everybody in the community."

Ayon is charged with three shootings along Interstate 805 and one on Interstate 5, wounding a man in the leg and leaving bullet holes in three vehicles.

In the moments after the shooting, some witnesses said there were two men inside the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu that has been linked to the incident, but further investigation has not found that to be true, officials said. The white Malibu was last registered in Ayon's name at a Lancaster address.

"At this point we believe he was acting alone," said California Highway Patrol Capt. Rich Stewart.

No weapon has been recovered, Stewart said.

If convicted on all counts, Dumanis said, Ayon faces 60 years in prison.

Although one shot was fired near CHP officers, the charges do not include an attempted attack on law enforcement officers. Still, the officers "heard the gunfire and felt the concussion from rounds," Stewart said.

Ayon has a record of marijuana and weapons arrests in Los Angeles County, according to court records.

Investigators said they are still trying to determine why Ayon was in San Diego County.

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