An apparent episode of road rage erupted into a shooting on Ortega Highway east of Orange County, officials said.
Michael Lloyd Economides, 37, was booked Friday night on charges of attempted murder and assault with a firearm. The Wildomar resident was jailed on $1-million bail, records show.
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.
Before the incident, Economides nearly slammed head-on into a westbound vehicle on Ortega, according to a witness who contacted Patch.
"He was completely out of control coming down the Ortega Highway," said the witness, who asked not to be identified.
After Economides and another motorist pulled off the road 2 miles above Lake Elsinore, he allegedly shot the other motorist in the chest, Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Pauling said.
The other motorist, who was not identified, and a passenger had both approached Economides as he sat in his car moments before the gunshot rang out, Pauling said.
Economides fled but was later found in a school parking lot on Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore, Pauling said. Readers contacted Patch to say other drivers chased the suspect after the shooting, finding him in the school lot, where he was arrested at gunpoint.
The alleged victim was taken to an area hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.
-- City News Service and Patch staff writer Mirna Alfonso contributed to this report.