A 16-year-old boy suspected of shooting at a pickup truck occupied by a woman and her infant child during an apparent road rage confrontation in Moreno Valley was behind bars Wednesday.
Isaiah Melgoza of Cabazon was arrested Tuesday night and booked into Riverside Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted murder, reckless discharge of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and brandishing a gun not in self defense.
“This investigation is still ongoing,” California Highway Patrol Riverside Area Commander Capt. Levi Miller said. “The CHP takes aggressive driving and road rage seriously and will actively investigate these incidents.”
According to Officer Juan Quintero, the shooting occurred about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday on the westbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway, just east of Perris Boulevard.
Quintero alleged that Melgoza was driving a Ford Flex sport utility vehicle, and for reasons still unclear, became irate with the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, causing the suspect to pull a handgun and open fire.
Quintero said that a bullet “entered the Chevy’s rear window and exited through the rear-view mirror and windshield.”
The woman, whose name was not disclosed, was not hit, and her infant also escaped injury, according to Quintero.
The victim exited the freeway at Pigeon Pass Road, as did Melgoza, Quintero said.
No other vehicles were involved.
The victim stopped her pickup and called 911. The suspect continued northbound on Pigeon Pass and left the area, according to Quintero.
Officers were able to confirm the license plate on the Ford, and alerts were sent to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Quintero said that during the evening, the SUV was located in Fontana, where Melgoza was taken into custody by Fontana police officers without incident, then turned over to the CHP.
Anyone who may have information relevant to the investigation was asked to call the Riverside CHP office at 951-637-8000.