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Suspect Arrested in Freeway Shooting That Injured 10-Year-Old Boy

Authorities arrested Jose Luis Chavez on suspicion of attempted murder.

A suspect was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in a shooting that injured a 10-year-old boy who was struck by gunfire last week while riding in a car in the Cajon Pass.

Jose Luis Chavez, 48, was arrested at his Phelan home. Jail records indicated he was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

In the incident that happened Thursday, the boy was shot in the head and was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center's pediatrics center in critical, but stable, condition. Authorities spoke at a press conference Wednesday updating that the child was released from the hospital Tuesday night and they expect he will make a full recovery.

Police believe it was a random act that this family was affected and this child injured.

The woman driver, who was the boy's aunt, and her baby were also in the vehicle but they were not injured.

In a news conference Friday, authorities clarified that he was shot in the head, not in the cheek.


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Police believe that the motive of the shooting could have been road rage, but they continue to investigate.

The California Highway Patrol received the call at around 9:05 p.m. and shut down the 215 and 15 freeways to investigate. An offramp was also closed.

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