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Road rage incidents can involve personal confrontations and vehicle to vehicle encounters. Sometimes, even more disturbingly, deadly weapons are involved. This latest and serious case of road rage is one such example.
According to MESH 2 News, dashcam footage shows a driver firing a gun through his truck's own windshield at another driver on Florida's 419 highway in Orange County. Why did the driver, identified as Marco Mazzetta, fire on the other driver? Because that person, reportedly at the wheel of a Nissan 370Z, flashed a gun at him first. Mazzetta believed he and his passenger were in immediate danger so he did what he did. Not long after the incident took place, Mazzetta posted the footage to YouTube. Isn't the world a grand place these days?
Not surprisingly, law enforcement was not that pleased. "You don't know the mindset of the other driver that you might get involved in some kind of situation, said a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson. "A lot of people carry weapons in their cars. This could have really escalated to somebody getting shot, somebody getting killed."
The video does show the Nissan driving aggressively behind Mazzetta, so he tapped the brakes to hopefully tone down the situation. Instead, the 370Z bumped into him and then sped around him. Shortly thereafter, the 370Z driver slows down again and pulled out a gun and pointed it at Mazzetta.
At that point, Mazzetta took out his own gun and began pulling the trigger, sincerely believing the other guy was about to shoot.
"I know this video doesn't capture my smartest moments but I hope any idiot criminal with a gun watching thinks twice before loading, brandishing & aiming their firearm at someone over a traffic infraction," Mazzetta wrote to the news station.
Following the shooting, he personally reported the whole thing to the local sheriff's office. The identity of the 370Z driver remains unknown, but there's a very good chance the authorities are working to track them down.