Lancaster man convicted in San Diego County freeway shootings in 2011

Enrique Ayon was convicted Monday of a freeway shooting rampage in San Diego County in 2011. He faces a possible life sentence.
(San Diego CHP )

SAN DIEGO -- A Lancaster man was convicted Monday of attempted murder in a shooting rampage along San Diego County freeways in October 2011.

Enrique Ayon, 26, was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and individual counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, vandalism and hit-and-run.

He faces a possible life sentence.

The San Diego County jury split 11-1 in favor of a third count of attempted murder and 10-2 in favor of a count of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.


In October 2011, Ayon fired at other motorists as he sped north along Interstate 805 and then Interstate 5, according to testimony. He wounded a 26-year-old man in the leg and left three vehicles with bullet holes.

Near the area of Interstate 805 and State Route 163, Ayon appeared to fire in the direction of two CHP officers. Along I-5 near Del Mar, he fired two bullets that hit an ambulance.

The day after the shootings, Ayon was arrested at gunpoint in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles County after a motorist spotted his 2006 Chevrolet Malibu and called 911. He offered no resistance.

Court documents show that Ayon had been arrested in the past for possession of marijuana and weapons.


No motive for the rampage was ever found, nor was any connection between Ayon and the man who was wounded, prosecutors said.


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