In an incident that sent shockwaves through Broward County, a man has been charged with attempted murder and other offenses in connection with a terrifying road rage incident on Interstate 95.
According to an arrest report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Lazaro Diaz-Gongora, 31, was taken into custody on Monday morning on charges of firing a deadly missile into a vehicle, as well as two counts of attempted murder.
The incident occurred on Sunday night at around 10:20 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95 between Sunrise Boulevard and Oakland Park Boulevard. The victims told authorities that they were driving along when a white Kia Optima swerved dangerously close to their vehicle. The Optima then slowed down in front of them, before a man leaned out of the passenger window and began firing at them.
The victims reported that the gunman fired at least four shots, pausing after each one to take aim at the driver. Miraculously, they managed to escape the incident with their lives, although their car was left with a bullet hole in the hood.
Following the shooting, the victims contacted 911 and exited the highway. Meanwhile, authorities learned that the same vehicle had been involved in similar incidents in Miami Beach, and quickly located it at a nearby gas station. There, they arrested Diaz-Gongora, who was in the car at the time.
According to the report, Diaz-Gongora’s girlfriend told investigators that they had been drinking at the beach and were on their way home when she almost collided with another vehicle. At this point, Diaz-Gongora opened fire on the other car, allegedly saying that he had “anger issues.” Diaz-Gongora later admitted to waving the gun at the victims, but claimed that he didn’t realize that it was loaded.
The incident has sparked outrage and concern among residents of Broward County, who are understandably alarmed at the growing number of violent incidents on the county’s highways. With Diaz-Gongora now facing serious charges and a potential lengthy jail sentence, local officials are hoping that this case will serve as a warning to others who might be tempted to engage in reckless and violent behavior on the roads.