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UPDATE: Ortega Highway Road Rage Leads To Shooting; Arrest Made

Michael Lloyd Economides, 37, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to sheriff's officials.

UPDATE: Ortega Highway Road Rage Leads To Shooting; Arrest Made

UPDATED at 8:34 p.m.: A man suspected of shooting another driver in a road rage incident on the Ortega Highway was behind bars Saturday night.

Michael Lloyd Economides, 37, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to sheriff's officials.

He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, pending arraignment Thursday, because Monday is a national holiday.

He was traveling east on the Ortega Highway about 7 p.m. Friday, when he allegedly because involved in a road rage incident with another motorist and both vehicles stopped about two miles west of Grand Avenue, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Todd Pauling.

The driver and passenger of the other vehicle approached Economides and the suspect allegedly shot one of them in the chest, the sergeant said.

Economides drove down Ortega, nearly slamming head-on into a westbound vehicle, according to another motorist who contacted Patch.

The motorist, who asked that his name not be used, said he spotted the motorist on the last curve before the straightaway to Grand Avenue.

"He was completely out of control coming down the Ortega Highway," the reader said.

As the suspect went to pass the reader, another vehicle was fast approaching, heading west.

"I saw a car coming the other way … I had to slam my brakes and get off to the side of the road," the reader told Patch in a telephone interview.

The reader and another motorist followed the suspect down the mountain and on Grand, until the suspect stopped his vehicle in a school parking lot, where sheriff's deputies arrested him at gunpoint, the Patch reader said.

Before authorities arrived, the reader told Patch, the suspect put his head in his hands and seemed upset.

ORIGINAL POST: An apparent road rage incident during which one motorist shot and wounded another driver in Lake Elsinore was under investigation Saturday, officials said.

The alleged attack happened about 8 p.m., according to Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Steven Favero.

Readers contacted Patch to report a shooting on Ortega Highway and to say that the attacking motorist had been chased and detained by citizens in the parking lot of a school on Grand Avenue and Gregory Place.

According to Favero, the shooting occurred about two miles east of Grand Avenue.

"Someone was arrested and someone was transported," Favero told Patch, adding that further details were forthcoming.

The alleged victim suffered "non-life-threatening" injuries, Favero said.

"There's an active investigation," the deputy told Patch.

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