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State Police: Arrest Made In Long Island Road Rage Shooting

February 12, 2019 - 5:04 pm

ISLIP TERRACE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Authorities have arrested a man in connection to a road rage shooting on a Long Island highway early Tuesday morning.

The incident happened at around 5:20 a.m., when a man heading to work and another heading home crossed paths at a Gulf gas station on Sunrise Highway in Islip Terrace.

State police say a 24-year-old man pulled out of the gas station in front of 57-year-old Paul Rizzo’s SUV, causing Rizzo to become enraged.

“The incident continued on to the Southern State Parkway, westbound, near exit 43 in Central Islip,” said Maj. David Candelaria.

Rizzo then allegedly grabbed his loaded handgun and fired one round from the driver's side window, striking the front passenger side of the 24-year-old’s vehicle.

Candelaria said the victim then called 911 and followed Rizzo until police could pull them both over on the Long Island Expressway near Commack Road.

“Preliminary investigation, for us, revealed that both drivers were being aggressive,” Candelaria said.

Rizzo was later arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, menacing, reckless endangerment of property, and unlawful possession of marijuana. The other driver was not charged.

State police are using the incident to warn residents to always be courteous to other drives on the roadway.

“I’m asking all motorists, stop driving aggressively, stop texting while driving, slow down, do not engage with an aggressive driver,” Candelaria said.

Rizzo is expected to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.