A motorist whose car was hit during a freeway shooting spree last fall testified Thursday that the man who fired a shot at his car stared at him and looked "evil" just prior to the shooting.
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Marcus Eagles, testifying in a preliminary hearing for Lancaster resident Enrique Ayon, said he was traveling north on Interstate 805 near Plaza Boulevard in National City about 10:15 a.m. last Oct. 3 when the defendant fired a shot at his car.
Eagles said Ayon, 25, was driving a white Chevrolet Malibu in the lane next to him.
"I saw a guy with a gun," the witness said. "I saw a gun pointed at me and I heard a 'pow.'"
Eagles said the shooter, whom he identified as Ayon, had a "real cold stare" and looked "kind of evil."
After the incident, Eagles said he merged to the right shoulder of the freeway and sat for a moment in shock before pulling off the freeway and calling 911.
Eagles said that when he got out of his car, he saw a bullet hole in the rear driver's side door. He said the bullet went through some luggage and lodged in the rear passenger door.
The prosecution alleges that Ayon crashed his Malibu through a security gate near the U.S.-Mexico border on the morning of Oct. 3 before going on a "terrifying shooting spree."
A short time after allegedly firing a shot at Eagles, Ayon allegedly fired another shot on the same freeway near Mesa College Drive in Serra Mesa, wounding a 26-year-old man in the leg.
Ayon also is accused of firing a round in the area near I-805 and state Route 163. A few minutes later, he allegedly fired two shots into an ambulance on Interstate 5 near Del Mar.
He was taken into custody the following day in Los Angeles County.
Authorities said none of the victims reported having had any type of contact or communication with the Malibu driver before coming under fire. Ayon is believed to have acted alone. The motive remains undetermined.
Ayon is charged with eight counts, including two counts of attempted murder. He faces more than 63 years to life in state prison if convicted.
Judge Kerry Wells will decide at the end of the preliminary hearing whether enough evidence was presented for Ayon to stand trial.
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