SAN DIEGO – Enrique Ayon, 24, was booked at the San Diego Central jail around 9 p.m. Tuesday on four felony charges: discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury; attempted murder in the first degree; assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury; and discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling or vehicle, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department’s records.
Authorities believe Ayon is the gunman behind Monday’s shooting spree along the 1-805 and the I-5 in San Diego.
Witnesses reported a gunman in a white Chevy Malibu was shooting at passing vehicles on the 805 freeway. Authorities say four separate shootings were reported within 20 minutes, and among the vehicles shot at were an ambulance and state police cruiser. A 26-year-old man driving a Hyundai Accent was also shot in the leg, treated and released from a local hospital. There were no other injuries reported in the shootings.
Law enforcement shut down portions of the 1-5 and the 1-805 for several hours Monday as they searched for the gunman and the vehicle. A description of the vehicle, a white 2006 Chevy Malibu with California license plate 5POM917, was posted on electronic freeway signs. The vehicle was registered in Lancaster to Enrique Ayon.
Ayon was detained by the California Highway Patrol around 10 a.m. Tuesday in Lakeview Terrace, after a driver spotted the car and tipped off authorities. He was transported back to San Diego Tuesday, questioned, and then charged in connection with the shootings. He remains at the San Diego Central Jail.
Ayon is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at the San Diego Superior Court, according tojail records.
Updated 10/6/11: Enrique Ayon pleaded not guilty to eight charges Thursday. See the updated charges here. Ayon is being held on $2 million bail. His next court date is set for 10/13/11.