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Man facing attempted murder charges for shooting into vehicle of driver warning of potential crash


BROWARD COUNTY, FL– A 31-year-old man was taken into custody after he reportedly fired several shots into another vehicle because he did not like that the other driver flashed their headlights at him and his girlfriend after they tried to merge into an occupied lane. 

The incident occurred Sunday around 10:00 p.m. on I-95 between the Sunrise and Oakland Park exits. 

The victim told police that he noticed the couple in a white Kia start to merge into his lane so he flashed his headlights to warn them. The passenger of the vehicle then began shooting at the victim’s vehicle, pausing between rounds in an effort to aim directly at the driver. 

The victim was not harmed but their vehicle was struck by at least one bullet. 

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies noticed the suspect’s vehicle at a nearby gas station and took both the suspect and his girlfriend into custody. 

They have since been identified as Lazaro Diaz-Gongora and Brittany Cowart Sickles.

Sickles admitted to police that she almost caused the accident and to her boyfriend shoot into the other vehicle.

Diaz-Gongora told authorities that he became paranoid by the flashing headlights and began waving his gun around and it accidentally went off.  

Diaz-Gongora was arrested on two counts of attempted murder and one count of missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building, or aircraft.