Investigators are asking anyone who may have been threatened by a Costa Mesa gun enthusiast accused of shooting and killing a 6-year-old boy in May on Highway 55 to report the incidents to authorities in charge of law enforcement.
Prosecutors said Marcus Anthony Eriz, a 24-year-old body technician, got angry when the boy’s mother showed him her middle finger and his girlfriend, Wynne Lee, 23, following a dispute over a lane change on the Orange Freeway on May 21.
Eriz then rolled down the passenger side window of the white Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen he was driving in and opened fire with a 9mm handgun, court records show.
In the days that followed, Eriz shaved his beard and started driving a red truck to work, instead of the white wagon that was the subject of a two week manhunt. But he has apparently been unable to hide his temper, prosecutors say, and is suspected of wielding a gun at the driver of a blue Tesla in another road rage incident which took place a few days later on Highway 91 near Corona, between May 24 and May 28.
No further reports of specific incidents involving the alleged shooter were made on Saturday, but prosecutors believe it is possible that Eriz was involved in other similar altercations. They asked any motorist who might have encountered someone with a gun in a white VW Golf Sportwagen between December and June to reach out through a phone line set up by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. . Witnesses or potential victims can submit information by calling 714-834-7000 or sending an email to [email protected]
Eriz and Lee were arrested in connection with the murder of Aiden Leos on Sunday June 6, and both remained in custody on June 19 after pleading not guilty to the shooting charges. Eriz is detained without bail.
He was charged with one count of murder, one count of shooting in an occupied vehicle and two criminal additions to the personal discharge of a firearm causing serious bodily harm and the death. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in state prison if convicted on all counts.
Lee, who drove the Volkswagen and is accused of being an accomplice after the fact and having a gun concealed in a vehicle, was detained in lieu of $ 500,000 bail.