DANA POINT – A man believed to be involved in a shooting who was the target of a six-hour manhunt near the San Onofre nuclear power plant was taken into custody early Monday, authorities said.
Bloodhounds, helicopters and multiple law-enforcement agencies scoured San Onofre State Park Sunday after the suspect was spotted in the area, authorities said.
Deputies, Border Patrol and Marine Corps military police assisted in the search.
Authorities called off the search Sunday afternoon, but the suspect was found early Monday morning near San Clemente State Beach, said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
He was identified as Julian St. John, 40, of Orange.
St. John is believed to have been involved in a shooting in the 32500 block of Crete Road on Sunday morning,
A 56-year-old man there was found with a gunshot wound to his hand and cuts to his head, Hallock said.
The victim was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
Shortly after responding to the shooting, deputies spotted the victim’s vehicle in San Clemente and a pursuit began.
Victor Dricks, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said the driver of the vehicle drove through the plant’s security checkpoint. However, the driver never was near the plant’s vital areas, Dricks said.
How the driver made his way from San Onofre State Beach to San Clemente State Beach – about five miles – was not known.
Law-enforcement officials located the car, and the handgun they believe was used in the shooting.
What prompted the shooting was still under investigation, Hallock said.
The relationship of St. John to the victim was not immediately clear.
St. John was being booked into county jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, Hallock said.
BY SALVADOR HERNANDEZ / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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