VISTA (CNS) - A documented gang member was behind bars Friday for allegedly ambushing another young man last month in a remote area near the eastern outskirts of Camp Pendleton, seriously wounding him.
Sergio Huerta Ramirez, 19, was arrested Thursday at a friend's home in Fallbrook during a parole and probation compliance sweep, sheriff's Lt. Todd Richardson said.
Shortly before 1 p.m. Jan. 3, Ramirez allegedly opened fire on a moving Chevrolet truck with a pistol near the intersection of De Luz Road and Harris Trail. The pickup veered off the roadway and crashed into a tree and a fence, after which the victim got out and collapsed, according to Richardson.
A woman driving through the sparsely developed area came across the wounded man a short time later and took him to Fallbrook Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.
If the victim had not been found so promptly, he "definitely would have died," the lieutenant said.
The wounded man, whose name has been withheld, is now recovering in an undisclosed location outside the San Diego area.
Investigators have determined no motive for the assault, and it remains unclear if the perpetrator opened fire while on foot or from inside another vehicle, according to Richardson.
About 20 minutes after the shooting, a small sedan was stolen in Fallbrook, and it later turned up in the Temecula area, abandoned and torched. Authorities believe there is a "high likelihood" the gunman also committed the auto theft and arson to escape and cover his tracks, Richardson said.
Ramirez was booked into Vista Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and a gang-crime allegation. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Two San Diego police officers were shot and wounded in a standoff at a College Area condominium that left the suspect dead late Saturday night.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
Cooler weekend for the County due to a low pressure trough moving through the Great Basin. Weak and shallow marine layer may still be slow to clear.
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.
A man was critically injured Friday night when he chased a ball into the street and was hit by a car.
Clayton Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.