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Accused gunman in the Kyle Kraska shooting in court

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - New information was learned about Mike Montana's history following his brief Tuesday court appearance in which a preliminary hearing was set for April 30. House painter Mike Montana, 54, is accused of ambushing and shooting CBS News 8 Sports Director Kyle Kraska in front of his Scripps Ranch home Tuesday, February 10.

CBS News 8 obtained an incident report stating that Montana became aggravated with a worker regarding impounded car fees while at the Poway DMV last November. He said "I can do whatever I want. I can bring a machine gun in here and blow everyone up if I wanted to."

This came to surface after the defendant's arraignment last week when Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Zipp alleged Montana fired into Kraska's car just after 3 p.m. as the 48-year-old sportscaster was backing out of his driveway in the 12000 block of Avonette Court.

Zipp alleged that Montana, who did painting work on the victim's house and was involved in a financial dispute over the job, shot Kraska six times from several feet away with the intent to kill.

"The evidence indicates that this was a planned attack," the prosecutor said outside court.

The gunfire left several windows blown out of Kraska's car. Kraska was found lying face-down on the pavement outside his car and was rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Kraska was treated for his wounds and was released from the hospital Feb. 18.

Witnesses reported seeing an older-model white minivan with the words "Superior Painting" on the sides speeding off after hearing the gunfire.

Montana was tracked to his El Cajon home, where he surrendered to SWAT officers about seven hours after the shooting. Deputy Public Defender Kevin Milmoe told Judge David Szumowski that Montana had lived in El Cajon for 12 years.

At the time of the shooting, Montana was out on bail. According to police records, he was jailed twice in October and November for DUIs involving drugs and also owes more than $5,000 in past due rent.

Montana's bail has been set at $750,000 and faces 37 years to life in prison. Montana is scheduled to be back in court April 30.

Meanwhile, Kyle is making great progress and has received thousands of messages of support from the community. He plans to return to the CBS News 8 newsroom for a visit on Wednesday. On Tuesday, he had this to say:

"The support I have received from my KFMB family and the San Diego community has been overwhelming, heart warming & inspiring. I am beyond excited to see everyone face to face and deliver lots of (gentle) hugs."

Editor's Note: Following the airing of this story, the DMV gave the following statement to CBS News 8: 

"The safety and health of our employees is a top priority. The DMV is committed to providing education and training to all staff in order to ensure a safe working environment."

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