Highway Shooting Suspect Hearing Delayed

Enrique Ayon faces eight charges for opening fire on I-805 drivers

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011  |  Updated 8:49 AM PDT
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I-805 Shooting Suspect to Appear in Court

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I-805 Shooting Suspect May Face 63 Years

Enrique Ayon pleaded not guilty of shooting at vehicles on San Diego Freeways at his arraignment Thursday.
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The suspect in the recent I-805 shootings will undergo a mental competency examination, delaying a preliminary hearing that was scheduled Tuesday.

Enrique Ayon faces eight charges including two counts of attempted murder for his role in multiple shootings along I-805 injured one driver near the Mesa College Drive off-ramp. Another dodged a bullet near I-805 and Plaza Boulevard.

Officials closed I-805 and Interstate 5 for several hours on Oct. 3, walking the pavement and looking for evidence.

A day later, 24-year-old Ayon was arrested in Los Angeles after a driver recognized a vehicle wanted in the shooting investigation.

Ayon has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of shooting at an inhabited vehicle, one count of discharging a firearm in grossly negligent manner, one hit-and-run charge and one vandalism charge.

Surveillance video from a crash at a San Ysidro-area toll booth barrier identified Ayon as the driver of the suspect vehicle in the highway shootings according to CHP Capt. Rich Stewart .

Stewart said they do believe Ayon acted alone in the shootings.

The court hearing that was to take place Tuesday was delayed pending a mental competency examination scheduled on Jan. 13.

If convicted on all charges, Ayon will face a sentence of 63 years and 6 months to life.

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