SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The suspected gunman in a deadly shooting on Interstate 5 in Sacramento on Monday has been arrested, the California Highway Patrol announced Tuesday.
David Perry, 33, of Sacramento, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail where he faces a murder charge.READ MORE: 'You Take Your Chances': Several Cars Stripped Of Catalytic Converters At Sacramento Airport Economy Lot
According to the CHP, reports of a road rage incident came in at around 2:15 p.m. Monday from the area of Interstate 80 and Watt Avenue. Callers reported a white Mercedes sedan and a maroon Dodge Ram were involved.
Investigators said the two vehicles made their way to southbound Interstate 5 just north of Richards Boulevard when the Mercedes pulled next to the Dodge and fired multiple shots. The driver of the Dodge — identified as 60-year-old Lufino Reyes Mejorado — was struck by gunfire and was able to pull himself over to the shoulder of the road.
Mejorado, of Sacramento, was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed Tuesday that Mejorado was a retired correctional officer.READ MORE: New Bill Allows For Hunting Of Destructive Wild Pigs In California Without A Permit
Jacob Ciuriuc saw the aftermath of the shooting. He feels bad for the victim’s family and the drivers who had to witness violence.
“It’s probably going to traumatize them because just seeing that even if it’s not happening to you, just seeing that, it’s still traumatizing and it’s going to be in your mind for however long,” he said.
Perry’s vehicle was located at around 5 p.m. Monday along Watt Avenue. After obtaining a warrant, officers seized the vehicle and determined Perry was the suspected gunman.
According to jail records, Perry is ineligible for bail and is expected to appear in court on Thursday.
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No other injuries were reported in the shooting.