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Suspect Surrenders In Shooting of CBS News 8 Sportscaster Kyle Kraska

Kyle Kraska, sports director at CBS News 8, shown in his Twitter profile photo.
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Kyle Kraska, sports director at CBS News 8, shown in his Twitter profile photo.

A 54-year-old man was in custody Wednesday on suspicion of seriously wounding CBS News 8 sports director Kyle Kraska in an apparent ambush at the newsman's Scripps Ranch home.

Mike Montana surrendered to SWAT officers in El Cajon shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to San Diego police.

Montana was booked into San Diego Central Jail about 5:45 a.m. on suspicion of attempted murder. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

"Thanks to the El Cajon PD and the community, wanted suspect Mike Montana was taken safely into police custody tonight," police said in a statement posted on Twitter.

An undated photo of Mike Montana.
San Diego Police Department
An undated photo of Mike Montana.

Kraska, 48, was shot in the leg and the stomach in his driveway in the 12000 block of Avonette Court shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday and later underwent emergency surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, according to police and CBS News 8.

Barbara-Lee Edwards, Kraska's co-anchor, Tweeted on Tuesday night that he was out of surgery and that his prognosis was good.

Police identified Montana as a suspect in the shooting earlier on in the investigation but did not immediately disclose a possible motive. Early Wednesday, police described Montana as an "acquaintance" of Kraska's.

Neighbors described hearing six to eight shots followed by a pause, after which a similar number of shots could be heard. Witnesses then saw a new- looking black Acura and an older-model white minivan with the words "Superior Painting" on the sides speeding out of the area.

The fusillade of gunfire left several windows blown out of Kraska's silver Mercedes-Benz.

A police officer who rode in the ambulance with him said Kraska was conscious and alert while being transported, CBS News 8 reported.

The station also reported that Montana used to live illegally in a storage unit at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. CBS News 8 spoke with a former neighbor of Montana's, who said he had run-ins with him. The former neighbor said he believed Montana was at one point on psychotropic medications.

The former neighbor said Montana used to leave threatening voice mails on his son's cellphone.

"Not direct threats, but talking about his guns and how good a marksman he is, so, insinuated threats," the former neighbor said. "It got to the point where the girls in the office didn't want to come to work. They were scared of him."

Kraska has been with CBS News 8 since 1999. The Emmy Award-winning broadcaster spent four years as morning and noon co-anchor before moving into the sports department 12 years ago, according to the station. He hosts the station's San Diego Chargers postgame show.

He previously worked for TV stations in New York, Florida, Texas and Los Angeles.

Corrected: June 30, 2022 at 5:19 PM PDT
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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