Road-raging NM man shoots at carload of kids in cross-town chase over traffic disagreement

By David Edwards
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:56 EDT
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Theresa Lechuga caught in road rage chase (KOAT)
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A New Mexico mother said that she was lucky to be alive this week after an angry stranger began firing a gun at her car full of children.

Theresa Lechuga told KOAT that the incident began when she pulled her car over to avoid a crash on Saturday, and then got in an argument with Daniel Rozzi, who was a passenger in another vehicle.

In fear for her life, Lechuga ran a red light. But the car Rozzi was in followed.

“Pease don’t stop mom, please don’t stop,” Lechuga recalled her children saying.

That’s when she heard gunshots.

Lechuga’s 14-year-old son Abel Anaya said that he grabbed his nephew, and got a low as possible.

After Lechuga ran several more red lights, Rozzi’s car was eventually hit by a truck.

“It’s heartbreaking, because I don’t think a mother should have to feel anything like that when it comes to craziness like that,” Lechuga insisted. “I thank god everybody’s ok and we’re fine.”

“I just hope that the person who did this can pay for what they did.”

Rozzi was booked on charges of child abuse and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. By Tuesday, he had been released on bond.

Watch the video below from KOAT, broadcast July 15, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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