Madonna Road shooter arrested
June 9, 2011
The victim and two of his friends were driving on the frontage section of Madonna Road Monday afternoon when they passed a black Toyota Corolla driven by Sepehr Moarefy, 20, of Arroyo Grande.
Moarefy allegedly stepped out of his car and fired a round into the red compact car hitting the victim. Afraid they might get into trouble, the men dropped the gunshot victim off at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and took off, San Luis Obispo Police Lt. Jeff Smith said.
The victim, who said he did not know the shooter, was treated for a gunshot wound in his buttocks and released from the hospital the following day.
A San Luis Obispo police investigation produced a suspect the victim identified during a photo lineup. Police issued an attempted murder warrant which listed Moarefy as armed and dangerous. A sheriff deputy spotted the car on U.S. Highway 101 and pulled the suspect over in the parking lot of the Shell Station at 204 Madonna Road.
In a dramatic arrest, officers from at least six vehicles with guns drawn took Moarefy into custody. Police are looking for the 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting.
Police booked Moarefy into San Luis Obispo County Jail on an attempted murder charge with bail set at $500,000.