IRVINE — A disgruntled construction worker is suspected of having ambushed his former supervisor in a parking lot about 3 p.m. Wednesday, shooting him in the arm and chest, police said.
The suspect, identified as Jody Dion Patterson, 26, was arrested at his home in Sun City in Riverside County several hours later on suspicion of attempted murder, police said. Matt David Mabry, 27, the superintendent of a construction site at MacArthur Boulevard and Fairchild Road, underwent surgery at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana on Wednesday night. Mabry, who lives in Victorville, is expected to survive, Police Lt. Mike White said.
White said Patterson had recently been transferred to another job site, then laid off from Raymond Interior Systems in Orange. Witnesses reported having seen him loitering around the construction area earlier in the day before Mabry was shot in a nearby parking structure, White said.
"It appears that he was waiting for him," White said.
Mabry was shot as he was driving a pickup truck on the second floor of the parking structure, White said. The bullets, believed to have been fired from a rifle, struck Mabry from the passenger side of the vehicle, he said.