(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Scranton police have arrested a man they say carried out a violent rampage in the city and beyond including a drive-by shooting in downtown Scranton. Investigators say 32-year-old Zodi Oprisko from Scranton shot one man in the face during that rampage.
Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick is in Scranton with more.
“The police her acted swiftly and diligently to avoid potential more bloodshed,” Said Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell.
Zodi Oprisko says nothing as he is brought for arraignment inside Scranton police headquarters. Investigator say he was the man who shot 20-year-old Len Floyd as he sat in a car on Mifflin Avenue in Scranton Thursday afternoon. Floyd’s grandfather was driving. He was not wounded.
“You could see how violent this individual was in a 24 to 48 hour period. This truly was a danger to the public,” Said Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano.
Detectives say several hours before the shooting in downtown Scranton, Oprisko opened fire on another car on I-84 . Two men in that car were not injured. Oprisko’s alleged rampage continued Friday afternoon. When police say he held his girlfriend at gunpoint, threatening to shoot her. He forced her to drive around Dunmore and Scranton at one point allegedly punching her in the mouth —she managed to grab the shotgun and escape the vehicle.
“I think we are looking at without question when we call someone armed and dangerous I think this truly is an individual that was armed and dangerous. As we stand here today if this individual was not in custody we certainly would have more injuries if not deaths on our hands,” Said Chief Graziano.
Floyd’s family was in the courtroom during the arraignment. They hugged each other and fought back tears. They did not want to speak on camera. There have been reports that Oprisko may have psychological issues and that may have played a role in the alleged rampage?
Well, certainly we are going to be looking at that and as we stand here with the court cases looming in front of us we certainly don’t want to comment on anything he may have said to us,” Said Chief Graziano.
Floyd’s family says he will recover from his injuries but it will be a long road.
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