A convicted felon pleaded guilty Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to four years in prison for a car-to-car shooting in Dana Point.
Ahmad Hussain Abassi, 36, of San Juan Capistrano, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in public, a convicted felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of a prohibited person owning ammunition.
As part of the plea deal, felony charges of firing at a vehicle, grossly negligent discharge of a firearm and assault with a semiautomatic firearm were dismissed.
Abassi has been in custody since his arrest Oct. 20, 2020. Orange County sheriff’s deputies were called about 11 p.m., the day before, to the scene of a shooting at Pacific Coast Highway and Doheny Park Plaza, according to sheriff’s officials.
Abassi got into a conflict with another man, which prompted him to shoot from his vehicle at another driver, sheriff’s deputies said.
The other motorist, who was not injured by the gunfire, pursued the suspect while dialing 911 for help, deputies said. The suspect fired at least three more rounds at his pursuer, but the bullets did not strike the victim.
Responding deputies tracked down Abassi and arrested him in the area.