It started at 5:20 a.m. at a gas station on Sunrise Highway in Islip Terrace, police said. Paul Rizzo, Jr. was behind the wheel of a car and apparently became enraged when another driver exited the gas station in his path, according to police.
Rizzo, 57, of Centereach, apparently followed the other driver, and the two vehicles swerved at one another until Exit 43, police said. That’s when Rizzo grabbed his pistol and fired at the other car, hitting the front passenger side, according to police.
Rizzo faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, menacing and marijuana possession.
The other driver wasn’t charged, but police say both drivers were behaving in an aggressive manner, which is a serious danger on the road.