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Suspect in San Diego freeway shootings arrested

October 4, 2011 | 10:51 am

Freeway shooting person of interestA 24-year-old man sought by authorities in connection with a series of freeway shootings in San Diego County was arrested Tuesday by CHP officers in Lakevew Terrace.

The man, identified as Enrique Ayon, of Lancaster, was detained about 10:15 a.m. by officers with guns drawn on the side of a highway in the San Fernando Valley.

He is believed responsible for wounding one motorist and hitting two cars and an ambulance in Monday's shootings.

Stretches of two freeways in San Diego County were closed during the manhunt.

Ayon was officially named as a person of interest in the shootings after his 2006 Chevrolet Malibu was identified by witnesses as the gunman's vehicle, the CHP said.

The shootings, which one law enforcement spokesman described as "truly bizarre," appeared to be random and did not fit the usual road-rage pattern, authorities said.


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Photo: Enrique Ayon. Credit: California Highway Patrol