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Man charged with attempted murder after road-rage shooting: London police

A 25-year-old London man has been charged with attempted murder, and a variety of other firearm-related offences, after a road-rage shooting in the east end back in the spring.

The charges come four months after a man was shot while driving his car in the east end

Police say this Chevrolet Cruze is the vehicle they recovered from an address on Bowcott Crescent, just west of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Trafgalar Street. It was allegedly driven by the person who shot a London driver in a random attack at Admiral Drive and Trafalgar on May 11. (Provided: London Police Service)

A 25-year-old London man has been charged with attempted murder, along with a variety of other firearm-related offences, after a road-rage shooting in the east end in the spring.

In August, police announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the incident, which happened around 4 p.m. on May 11.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, had just left work and was driving in the area of Royal Crescent and Wexford Avenue when he encountered the suspect vehicle being driven in an aggressive manner, said police.

Investigators say the victim gestured at the driver of the vehicle, a man he didn't know driving a white Chevrolet Cruze, before driving on toward Admiral Drive.

London police allege the driver of the Cruze pulled up alongside the victim's vehicle, which was stopped at the intersection of Admiral Drive and Trafalgar Street, pulled out a gun and shot the man before fleeing the scene.

Officers eventually recovered the vehicle from an address on Bowcott Crescent, just west of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Trafgalar Street, but the driver was on the lam for months.

"This young man was targeted for no other reason than he pointed out an aggressive driver's behaviour on a residential street on a sunny spring afternoon. For that, he was shot," Det. Sgt. Alex Krygsman said at a news conference in August, when police announced the financial reward.

The reward is on the table until Dec. 31, 2019, Krysgman said in a statement issued by police Wednesday. "We continue to urge those who have information, and we know there are people out there who do, to contact us," he said.

Jonathan Lovo-Mayorga, a 25-year-old from London, is charged with the following:

  • Attempt murder;
  • Use firearm in the commission of an indictable offence;
  • Careless use of a firearm;
  • Point firearm;
  • Possess weapon for committing an offence;
  • Possess restricted weapon without a licence;
  • Possess a loaded restricted weapon;
  • Discharge firearm with intent to wound; and
  • Occupy a motor vehicle with a firearm.

Lovo-Mayorga is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.