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.

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.

Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 09:52 PM
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Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 09:54 PM
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Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Teller, I've renamed the fake constant comment Marfacomment...for obvious reasons. and I thank you for sticking up for me in my absence. }~)
Anita Drink October 11, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Kenny you must be a total fool, do you even have an education? your lucky they dont charge you.
THE REAL Anita Drink October 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Oh great. First it was Constant Comment that had their identity stolen, now it's my turn. This is the real Anita. You can see that the fake Anita opened their account last night. If you hover your cursor over both of our names, you can tell we are two differant accounts. I'll change my ID now to THE REAL Anita Drink, but they might also change theirs. Sorry.
Reginald Denny October 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
^Typical mud blood parasite. The most pathetic and brainless of humans on Earth. No wonder you were so easily conquered.
Reginald Denny October 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
You and your brother are a couple of massive dipshits. You provoke someone to pull over where you guys 2 against one approach and attack a man. Don't give me that bullshit that you punched him after he shot. NO ONE IS BUYING THAT. You idiots got exactly what you deserved.
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I agree. Dumbshit probably deserved to be shot.... Just saying Mike isnt the type to go out for nothing... Its gotta be worth it...
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Im goona say that these guys were starting shit they thought they could handle and they got what they deserved... Just saying. Dont bring your mouth to a gun fight...
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Reverend Smith, no one really knows or probably cares about what you said. Sadly to say. People just jump on band wagons that they are taught and go with it. No one knows the REAL truth of where they come from...
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I get what you say, but really? You cant tell me you have never gotten mad at someone for cutting you off or driving like an ass. Not to say its right but everyone has done it and everyone gets it done to them. The real problem is the fact that A) people are too damn inpatient and worried about themselves, and B) are too stupid when they want to start arguing with some one they dont know in a metal coffin. Whether its you that gets shot or youre the one shooting its not gonna be good. So to the people out there driving a lot, shut up and drive, GET OFF OF YOUR PHONE, and let other people get to where they are trying to go... SAFELY
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM
You're more than an idiot
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Hey Reverend Smith how do you know that this didnt happen to be a situation where the shooter was the victim? Yeah he had the gun, but why did he pull it out and use it? Has anyone asked that question? Maybe these people were messing with him for a while and he had enough. He was in his car at the time these people GOT OUT OF THEIR CAR TO PURSUE HIM. And maybe he knew he was out numbered and fired a scare shot, and accidentally shooting that one guy in the chest. You mean to tell me if someone else was road raging you and had more people than you and they came up to you, you wouldnt fire a round off to scare them???
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I agree. You're a dumbass if you cause trouble and someone retaliates against you and you need to start more shit. THE GUY DIDNT EVEN GET OUT OF HIS CAR, EVEN ACCORDING TO THIS DUMB SHIT (Ari's brother). They approached him with retaliation and expected to get a way with it. I really think these guys have done this before and now someone else REALLY stepped up and backed them down... Sounds to me that it may be wrong but Ari got what he deserved.
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM
By the way he is not a convicted felon as far as I know... lol
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I agree
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I agree
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
You obviously dont know their meaner side... lol
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I agree
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM
No, but maybe you are the kind that looks for trouble... If you werent then you would not have gotten out of your car.... STUPID
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 08:21 PM
If youre out numbered and know you have to fight and know you have a gun you cant tell me you wouldnt use it. Its not like he was looking for a fight... He was approached
Chuck U. Farley October 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Chuck U. Farley October 21, 2012 at 09:42 AM
Ok jackass. No one made you pull over and get out either so its both your guys fault... No matter how you look at it, youre not right at any of it
Hoopmom November 13, 2012 at 08:37 PM
jenny is a whore...um...you sound like a peach yourself. Why would you use the name "jenny is a whore" and expect anyone to listen to you? You say he doesn't respect women or woman as you say...it sounds like you don't respect yourself.
jenny is a whore November 14, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Is your name Jenny? There is a girl named Jenny hiding here somewhere, that is why. and She needs to know that she is a whore, she knows why. If you'd like proof of anything look through myspace, you will see.
Hoopmom November 14, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Lol. No. So basically you are using the Internet to bully someone named Jenny. Again, no respect for you. I don't use MySpace and I don't care to.
jenny is a whore November 14, 2012 at 06:00 AM
No one needs respect we are putting out comments, so I will put mine too! I have facts real ones about the people involved because I know them.
Elsinorianbyaccident March 20, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Jenny the whore makes no sense and seems to be a bit butt hurt and maybe got jilted by this fine specimen of goodness. Go visit the prison, you will find more fabulous available men. Your stupid and a bully. This dude had no reason to shoot another person unless it was self defense which clearly it wasn't. He needs to be locked up for good. Jenny, you can visit him in prison. You might be able to get a little white trash wedding approved for you and lover boy.
shockedbythisnews July 01, 2013 at 03:41 AM
How unfortunate that what began as such a petty incident turned so catastrophic. I only have a news article to go on so I can't comment effectively either way. I knew Mike in basically another life many years ago and I'm terribly saddened by this story. Believe it or not, Mike was a fun guy to have as a friend. We've had some good times together skateboarding, going to raves back in the day, and hangin' with friends. Some of the accusations on his character make me think things might have taken a tragic turn in his life over the years. We've lost contact and I found this post when I searched his name. He was a brilliant DJ, videographer, programmer and software engineer. I'm beginning to think that maybe drugs were a factor especially considering the accusations that he worked in the porn industry and had anything at all to do with sex trafficking. Certainly not the Mike I remember. This story reminds of how precious, short and vital life really is. In Mike's story, I'm warned not to sweat the small stuff. I would have been upset if someone threw a bottle at my car as well and it does seem as though there is more to this story. I'm just in shock to hear that Mike is affiliated with any kind of event like this. Wow.
Esmer July 17, 2013 at 01:16 PM
I was Mike's girl for a long time, He is a brilliant DJ, videographer, programmer and software engineer. If he aimed to kill those two would not be alive today. He'll be out in a few years, I miss him everyday. Xo


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