Road Rage Spurs Shooting on Ortega Hwy

LAKE ELSINORE – A Wildomar man man allegedly shot a motorist in the chest as a road rage conflict erupted on the twisting Ortega Highway, a sheriff’s sergeant said today.

Michael Economides, 37, was booked Friday night for suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a firearm. He was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, jail records show.

Economides is suspected of firing a single shot at the motorist when they both pulled over the shoulder of the highway two miles west of Grand Avenue, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Pauling said.

The motorist and a passenger from his vehicle both approached Economides as he sat in his car moments before the gunshot rang out, Pauling said.

Economides, Pauling said, fled but was later found in a school parking lot on Grand Avenue. The alleged victim, who was not identified, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injury, Pauling said.

Ortega Highway, state Route 74, is a twisting, mountainous route with few passing areas and frequent long lines of heavy traffic. It is the only direct vehicular route between southwest Riverside and southern Orange counties.

4 Responses to "Road Rage Spurs Shooting on Ortega Hwy"

  1. joe   October 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    well this is one guy who thought he was a bad … on the road he shot a person now he see for him self in jail just how big of a bad … he is

  2. Joe is a tranny   October 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    And the guys who attacked him didn’t think they were bad a..? Keep your peasant mouth shut Joe.

  3. esmer   November 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I know the shooter personally and he is a business owner, well educated, well-to-do and comes from a good home. He has a gun because of his business and also drives a nice truck. Michael would never hurt anyone is a very polite well educated nice guy. I feel bad for him and his family because he is in jail for defending himself.

  4. lips4u   May 30, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Michael, your always pretending to be nice to me. This is what I get. I know. I wasnt going to comment on you but after some time I changed my mind. You promised me you would stay outta trouble. I guess you dont really care about me.


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