Sports anchor Kraska was in dispute with painter, police say


Kyle Kraska (left) was shot outside his Scripps Ranch home. Police identified Mike Montana (right) as the alleged gunman. (Credit: CBS8 / San Diego Police)

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego police released details Wednesday about their investigation into the shooting of CBS8 sports anchor Kyle Kraska.

A dispute between Superior Painting owner Mike Montana, 54, and Kraska stemmed from work done at the longtime local broadcaster’s house, SDPD Lt. Scott Wahl said. He would not release other details of the on-going investigation.

Montana surrendered to SWAT officers in El Cajon Tuesday night. He was arrested on suspicion of ambushing Kraska in front of his Scripps Ranch house and firing off several gunshots.

The house painter was being held without bail pending arraignment.

The suspect allegedly opened fire on Kraska, 48, just after 3 p.m. as he was backing out of his driveway in the 12000 block of Avonette Court.

Neighbors in the upscale area described hearing six to eight shots followed by a pause, after which a similar number of reports rang out. Witnesses then saw an older-model white minivan with the words “Superior Painting” on the sides speeding off.

The gunfire left several windows blown out of Kraska’s silver Mercedes- Benz. The victim was found lying face-down on the pavement outside his car and was taken to Kraska to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for treatment of wounds to his abdomen and leg.

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.

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