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SD freeway shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Enrique Ayon

October 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Lancaster man accused of carrying out a series of freeway shootings in San Diego County this week made his first court appearance Thursday.

Enrique Ayon, 24, is facing two counts of attempted murder and other charges with a possible penalty of 63 years to life. He pleaded not guilty.

Bail was set at $2 million.

Ayon was captured Tuesday in Lake View Terrace in L.A. County after an alert driver recognized his license plate number from a freeway message sign.

The charges resulted from gunfire incidents along Interstate 805 north of the San Ysidro border crossing in which a 26-year-old man was shot in the leg and later on Interstate 5 where an ambulance was struck.

Shots also were fired at a police officer assisting a motorist. No one was injured in those incidents.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.