Prognosis ‘good’ for ambushed sports anchor

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SAN DIEGO – CBS8 sports anchor Kyle Kraska was recovering Wednesday from emergency surgery for non-life-threatening gunshots to his leg and stomach and his prognosis was “good,” colleagues said.

Kraska suffered 10 gunshot wounds and is in critical but stable condition, according to CBS8.

Kraska, 48, was ambushed in his driveway in the 12000 block of Avonette Court shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday and later underwent surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, according to police and CBS8.

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

Meanwhile, a 54-year-old man was booked into jail early Wednesday on suspicion of shooting Kraska at his Scripps Ranch home.

Mike Montana surrendered to SWAT officers in El Cajon shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to San Diego police. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail at 5:43 a.m. on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder , according to jail records, which showed that Montana, who is being held without bail, will be arraigned at the downtown courthouse as early as Friday 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.

Police identified Montana as a suspect in the shooting early in the investigation but did not immediately disclose a possible motive. Early today, 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, CBS8 reported.

The station also reported that Montana used to live illegally in a storage unit at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. CBS8 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 station reported.

The former neighbor said his son used to receive threatening voice mails on his cellphone from Montana.

“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 KFMB CBS8 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.

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