Sat, Sep 07 2013 12:00 PM Posted By: Neal Putnam
A jury convicted a man of attempted murder of a Paradise Hills man and another random victim while they were on the freeway. He faces two life terms in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 25.
The jury deliberated two and a half days before also convicting Enrique Ayon, 26, on Aug. 26 of shooting into occupied cars, discharging a firearm in a gross negligent manner and vandalism.
The motive for the random shootings still remains unknown.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Joan Weber conducted the trial which began Aug. 14.
The jury deadlocked on two counts. Ayon remains in the George Bailey Detention Facility on $2 million bail.
The jury also convicted Ayon of hit and run in San Ysidro, where the incidents started on Oct. 3, 2011, when he crashed through a gate arm in a parking lot that morning without paying for parking.
A description of his Chevrolet Malibu with the license plate was given by a witness and that description was later posted on freeway signs which led to his arrest.
The first shooting started on Interstate 805 in National City when Ayon fired into the car driven by Marcus Eagles, 38, of Paradise Hills.
Deputy District Attorney Christopher Moon said a bullet was lodged just inches from Eagles, but he was not injured.
Another driver, Demetrious Miller, 27, was shot in the thigh while driving north on I-805 near Mesa College Drive minutes later.
The third shooting was heard by two California Highway Patrol officers on I-805, but there were no injuries. Two bullets struck an ambulance on Interstate 5 without injury.
The firearm was never recovered, but he was a registered gun owner. A CHP officer testified he found gun residue on his hands.
Before the trial, Ayon pleaded guilty to six counts of battery and assault in punching deputies while in jail. Moon said he faces four years and four months in prison for the deputy assaults.
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