Suspect Arrested in Road Rage Death
NEW YORK (AP) _ Three years ago, detectives walked into the home of a man accused of stalking a colleague and found something odd: A fading newspaper photograph of a 3-year-old girl whose mother was killed in an unsolved Christmas Day ``road rage″ shooting.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Friday that authorities had finally made an arrest in the 1992 killing _ the same man who had kept the photograph as a memento.
Bruce Warren was indicted in the death of Pamela Mascaro, 32, who was shot once in the head as her husband John drove toward their home. Her daughter, Holly _ whose picture was tacked up on Warren’s wall _ also was in the car.
Warren was charged with murder, attempted murder, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. Detectives arrested him at Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, where he was scheduled to be paroled after serving part of a 16 month to 4 year prison term for burglary.
Warren, 48, allegedly shot at the car because he believed Mascaro had cut him off, Brown said.
``In an apparent fit of rage the driver of the other car pulled up alongside of the Mascaro’s vehicle and fired a 9 mm handgun into the car,″ Brown said. ``A number of rounds were fired.″
Brown said John Mascaro was the target. One bullet shattered a rear window and rained glass on their daughter.
Realizing his wife was shot, Mascaro pulled off the road, drove to a gas station and called an ambulance. Warren allegedly followed him, but drove off after seeing a crowd.
Detectives found it strange that Warren had kept a photo of the girl, but Brown would not disclose how that photo eventually led police to a witness who linked Warren to the Mascaro shooting.
Warren implicated himself in the shooting when he sought to have the witness killed or seriously hurt, Brown said. He added that police have forensic and ballistic evidence linking Warren to the shooting.
Brown also would not comment on whether Mascaro identified the light-colored 1989 Chevrolet sedan Warren allegedly was driving that night. He did say Mascaro was recently in his office and was ``obviously delighted″ with the arrest.
``But he’s still traumatized,″ Brown said.
Mascaro and Holly, now 8, live in Florida.