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Altercation Between 2 Drivers Leads to Shooting at Oceanside Motel, Shooter Arrested without Incident

The suspect exited a room he was renting at the motel and surrendered to police without incident.

Ed. Note: Charges in this case were dismissed as of April 2017.

The Rodeway Inn in Oceanside was partially evacuated Tuesday afternoon as police searched for a wanted, possibly armed suspect, Oceanside Police Lt. Taurino Valdovinos confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego.

Oceanside Police (OPD) first responded to a call of a shooting at the Inn, located at 1103 N. Coast Highway, at approximately 2:25 p.m.

The reporting party told officers that Jason Rodriguez, 21, fired a weapon in his direction as the two men stood in the parking lot of the motel.

OPD says that the incident stemmed from an earlier altercation between the two as they drove in separate vehicles on State Route 76 near Interstate 5.

Officers arrived at the motel and evacuated occupants of nearby rooms and buildings before establishing communication with Rodriquez, who police discovered was inside a room he had rented at the motel.

Rodriguez exited his room and surrendered to police without incident at approximately 3:52 p.m.

He was taken into custody and booked at the Vista Detention Facility, charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say that the reporting party and Rodriguez did not know each other before the incident. The reporting party was not injured in the shooting, officers said.

According to OPD, a gun of unknown variety was located in the room following the arrest.

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