A convicted felon accused of shooting a man in Riverside during a dispute involving a former girlfriend was apprehended in Ohio, where he’s awaiting extradition back to Riverside County, authorities said Monday.

Loconno Michael Wair, 39, of Moreno Valley was located and arrested by U.S. Marshals last Thursday in Columbus.

Wair is charged with attempted murder, along with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations, for the alleged March 16 attack at a business in the 18500 block of Van Buren Boulevard, near Dauchy Avenue.

According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, investigators deputized as U.S. marshals had been actively searching for the defendant since the shooting, conducting surveillance at multiple locations, eventually determining that he had fled California and was staying somewhere in Franklin County, Ohio.

The U.S. Marshals’ Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Team was alerted to Wair’s possible whereabouts, and the unit narrowed his location down to a house in Columbus, where he was taken into custody without a struggle, Railsback said.

Wair is being held without bail at the Franklin County Correctional Facility. Extradition proceedings are underway, Railsback said.

He said that about 9 p.m. on March 16, Wair dropped by his ex-girlfriend’s workplace to visit, and about the same time, the woman’s former live-in boyfriend, with whom she had three children, also came by for a custody exchange.

According to Railsback, Wair and the man, whose name was not released, got into an altercation, during which the defendant allegedly pulled a handgun and shot him several times.

Wair allegedly fled the business in his car, speeding away and hitting another motorist’s vehicle in the process. The other driver was not injured.

The gunshot victim was hospitalized and has since recovered.

According to court records, Wair has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon.

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