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Mental evaluation ordered for accused freeway shooter

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A mental evaluation was ordered Tuesday for a man accused of wounding a motorist and piercing the bodies of several moving vehicles in a freeway shooting spree that stretched from National City to Del Mar.

Judge David Danielsen suspended criminal proceedings against 24-year-old Enrique Ayon after a defense attorney said he doubted the defendant's ability to understand the charges against him and assist the attorney at trial.

Ayon of Lancaster is charged with eight counts, including two counts of attempted murder, and faces more than 63 years to life in state prison if convicted, said prosecutor Chris Moon.

A hearing is scheduled Jan. 13 to determine whether Ayon is mentally competent to stand trial.

Authorities believe Ayon acted alone, although a motive has not been determined.

Moon alleged that Ayon crashed his Chevrolet Malibu through a security gate near the U.S.-Mexico border the morning of Oct. 3 before launching a "terrifying shooting spree" on northbound Interstate 805 in National City.

Ayon allegedly pointed a gun directly at a motorist, then fired a shot into the rear door of the victim's car. A short time later, he fired another shot on the same freeway near Mesa College Drive in Serra Mesa, wounding a 26-year-old man in the leg, the prosecutor alleged.

Ayon also is accused of firing a round in the area near I-805 and state Route 163, where two California Highway Patrol officers were assisting a motorist, Moon said. A few minutes later, Ayon allegedly fired two shots into an ambulance on Interstate 5 near Del Mar.

Ayon was caught the following day in Los Angeles County.

Police said none of the victims reported having had any type of contact or communication with the driver of the Malibu before coming under fire.

In addition to attempted murder, Ayon is charged with three counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle and one count each of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, hit-and-run driving and vandalism.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of wounding a motorist and piercing the bodies of several moving vehicles in a freeway shooting spree that stretched from National City to Del Mar is scheduled to appear Tuesday at a preliminary hearing being held to determine if enough evidence exists for him to stand trial.

Enrique Ayon, 24, of Lancaster is charged with eight counts, including two counts of attempted murder, and faces more than 63 years to life in state prison if convicted, said prosecutor Chris Moon.

Authorities believe Ayon acted alone, although a motive has not been determined.

Moon alleged that Ayon crashed his Chevrolet Malibu through a security gate near the U.S.-Mexico border the morning of Oct. 3 before launching a "terrifying shooting spree" on northbound Interstate 805 in National City.

Ayon allegedly pointed a gun directly at a motorist, then fired a shot into the rear door of the victim's car. A short time later, he fired another shot on the same freeway near Mesa College Drive in Serra Mesa, wounding a 26-year-old man in the leg, the prosecutor alleged.

Ayon also is accused of firing a round in the area near I-805 and state Route 163, where two California Highway Patrol officers were assisting a motorist, Moon said. A few minutes later, Ayon allegedly fired two shots into an ambulance on Interstate 5 near Del Mar.

Ayon was captured the following day in Los Angeles County.

Police said none of the victims reported having had any type of contact or communication with the driver of the Malibu before coming under fire.

In addition to attempted murder, Ayon is charged with three counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle and one count each of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, hit-and-run driving and vandalism.

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