Man charged in fatal road rage confrontation

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A man is facing a murder charge after a road rage confrontation that left one person dead.

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Whodunit

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Dec 19, 2007
 
Uhhh, who shot who ?
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I guess the morale of that story is don't go talking smack to the wrong person if you can't back it up. I hate these punks that think they can yell at you and then get out of their cars and threaten you because they think they're bad. Well I guess ole Edward found out otherwise.
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#3
Dec 19, 2007
 
Sounds like he fired in self defense. The article is kind of vague on the details.

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Dec 19, 2007
 
"Hygens Labidou, fired several shots, some of which struck Lonzisero and the other man, Edward Borowsky." Borowsky died from his wounds Monday.
Lonzisero faces charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill.

He now faces two charges one for each person he shot. Will plead self defense and get off as he will claim the shooting was justified under teh stand your ground doctrine. He will also play the it was a hate crime card. Should get off.
csk

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#5
Dec 19, 2007
 
did all the men have guns or just 2 or 1 or what. this story needs alot of help from an editor
richard

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Dec 19, 2007
 
i am glad i am not the only one that did not understand the story
Dee

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Dec 19, 2007
 
The story is not clear at all and needs to be rewritten!
AEP

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Dec 19, 2007
 
Dee wrote:
The story is not clear at all and needs to be rewritten!
Welcome to WTSP TV-10.
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Dec 19, 2007
 
BSO: Black driver shot 2 whites in self-defense
A black motorist who shot two white men was called the victim of a hate crime and won't be charged.
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BY TRENTON DANIEL, JENNIFER LEBOVICH AND DAVID SMILEY
jlebovich@MiamiHerald.com
Surviving suspect Steven V. Lonzisero will be charged with felony murder in the death of his alleged accomplice.
BROWARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Surviving suspect Steven V. Lonzisero will be charged with felony murder in the death of his alleged accomplice.

With one wielding a knife, two men pounded on Hygens Labidou's roofing truck and shouted racial epithets, authorities said.

''N-----, get out of the truck!'' they allegedly snarled, according to a copy of a 911 tape released Tuesday. One of the men, six feet tall and 350 pounds, tried to pull Labidou from the truck.

Moments later, Labidou, fearing for his life, pulled out his 9mm semiautomatic gun and fired, wounding the two Cooper City men -- one fatally -- in the middle of a busy Deerfield Beach intersection.

Labidou, 49, of Wellington, will not be charged because he acted in self-defense, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

''These two men approached him with a deadly weapon in an aggressive manner,'' BSO spokesman Mike Jachles said.``Clearly, he was inside his vehicle, and he was clearly within his right to defend himself.''

Edward Borowsky, 28, died Monday, four days after the shooting. The other man, Steven V. Lonzisero, 43, is under arrest, charged with murder during the commission of a crime. Even though he didn't pull the trigger, under Florida law, a person can be charged with murder if someone dies while the accused is committing a felony.

Lonzisero also will be charged with a hate crime, the BSO said.

Labidou has a concealed weapons permit, officials said.

The 911 tape reveals a hysterical Labidou, screaming to the dispatcher that he had been attacked.

''I shot them! I shot them!'' he yelled during the call, made just after 1 p.m. Thursday.

Labidou apologized to the dispatcher for shouting and then answered her questions.

``Both of them down, both of them are down ... I knocked 'em both. I'm sorry, ma'am. I was trying to defend myself.''

''They said, n-----, get out of the truck. Both of them,'' Labidou said.

Asked by the dispatcher what he did, he replied:``I shot 'em! I wanted to defend myself.''

The BSO is considering the case a hate crime because the attackers, who were white, shouted racial epithets at Labidou, who is black.

The BSO originally charged Lonzisero with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. But just as Lonzisero was set to be released on bond, Borowsky died, escalating the charge to murder.

The incident happened in the middle of the afternoon as the vehicles were driving north on Powerline Road in Deerfield Beach. Lonzisero and Borowsky were in a white Ford pickup truck, along with Lonzisero's 15-year-old daughter. Labidou, who runs a family-owned roofing company, was driving a flatbed truck.

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Dec 19, 2007
 
The BSO said Lonzisero and Borowsky were upset with Labidou's driving and began arguing with him. It's not clear where the vehicles were as the drivers were arguing.

But the BSO said the verbal sparring turned violent when Lonzisero stopped his truck at the intersection of Green Road and Powerline in front of Labidou's flatbed truck.

Lonzisero and Borowsky, who was armed with a knife, got out of the pickup, the BSO said.

Borowsky and Lonzisero pounded on Labidou's truck, yelling racial epithets at Labidou and trying to open his door, the BSO said. It's not clear whether Labidou fired from inside his vehicle, but the BSO said he fired several shots, striking both men twice.

The men fell to the pavement, and Labidou and several witnesses called 911.

One caller describes the scene to the 911 dispatcher:``Two guys on the ground. One guy with the gun. He's on the phone. I don't know what happened. I didn't see what happened, but the guy is very calm.''

The caller pauses to yell,``Put the gun down.''

''Stay away from him,'' the operator advises.

To which the caller replies:``I am.''

Tuesday night, the upstairs lights were on in Lonzisero's home in Flamingo Townhomes Phase V. No one answered the door outside the townhome, which had Christmas bells on the door. Neighbors, who asked that their names not be used, said Lonzisero rented the unit and lived there with his three children and their mother, while Borowsky lived downstairs.

Lonzisero was in and out of the family's lives, they said. The few that knew the two men said they were confrontational.

Another said Lonzisero screamed obscenities at her one day when they were both trying to move their cars.

Labidou runs Impact Roofing in Riviera Beach, according to the company's website. It's been around since March 1999.
Jerry Lee Lewis

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Dec 19, 2007
 
Dee wrote:
The story is not clear at all and needs to be rewritten!
"Come on over baby, whole lotta shootin' goin' on !!"

Come on Ch 10 guyz, let us in on what happened ???
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Dec 19, 2007
 
AFPJ wrote:
"Hygens Labidou, fired several shots, some of which struck Lonzisero and the other man, Edward Borowsky." Borowsky died from his wounds Monday.
Lonzisero faces charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill.
He now faces two charges one for each person he shot. Will plead self defense and get off as he will claim the shooting was justified under teh stand your ground doctrine. He will also play the it was a hate crime card. Should get off.
You need to read the article again...the guy facing the charges isn't the shooter.
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Kay

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Dec 19, 2007
 
It seems he won the lottery for the low bond on a murder hate crime.$15,000 bond WOW! No need to keep someone like that in jail I guess?

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Dec 19, 2007
 
AEP wrote:
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You need to read the article again...the guy facing the charges isn't the shooter.
Your correct, I cleaned my glasses and reread the article.
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#16
Dec 19, 2007
 
I certainly don't blame the guy. That's why we have carry permits.
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#17
Dec 19, 2007
 
I'm almost afraid to say it but it's nice to see the good guy taking care of himself this time. It's scary out there right now. People drive like crazy people and get mad at the people that are following the speed limit.
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#19
Dec 21, 2007
 
Whodunit wrote:
Uhhh, who shot who ?
Black roofer gets harassed by 2 white redneck. Black roofer pulls our legally registered 9mm handgun and shoots both white men twice (4 bulletet in all). One white guy dies, and remaining live white guy is now charged with his good buddy's death, seeing that they were in the middle of a hate crime.
Attacked roofer is sick over the whole incident, and the remaining white guy should be jailed for a long, long time (especiall since this all takes place while the remaining white guy's 15-year old daughter is watching from the cab of the two white guys' truck...great role models and parenting!
Roofer gets my sympathy and my respect. White guys embarass my race. Daughetr must be sooo proud.
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Dec 21, 2007
 
csk wrote:
did all the men have guns or just 2 or 1 or what. this story needs alot of help from an editor
no only one of them had a gun but what is being left out is that the shooter had been in a hit and run accident hence why the other two followed him.
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Dec 21, 2007
 
anonymous wrote:
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no only one of them had a gun but what is being left out is that the shooter had been in a hit and run accident hence why the other two followed him.
What/Who is the source of what you are claiming?

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