Man accused of Lodge road rage shooting appears in court

- A man accused of opening fire on the Lodge freeway in a road rage incident faces a judge.

Michael Ziccarelli has been charged with two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, two counts of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm, six counts of Felonious Assault and Felony Firearm.

The Southfield man is accused of ramming a woman's car in June of last year causing her to crash into the wall. He then got out of the car pointing a gun at her.

Ziccarelli then allegedly made eye contact with a Detroit woman who stopped to assist the Southfield woman.  The defendant was armed and got back into his car. He was about three car lengths away from the Detroit woman when he allegedly fired the gun at her.

He then allegedly pointed his rifle at a Livonia man, a Wyandotte woman, and a Grosse Pointe man; they left the scene.  Michigan State Police officers and Detroit Police officers arrived at the scene and the defendant surrendered without incident.

When a second woman stopped to help, Ziccarelli is accused of shooting at her. At today's pre-trial hearing another woman who also stopped to help described how Ziccarelli frightened her as well.

"After I called 911 I was on the phone with them, I spoke to the lady she had stated she was okay," the woman said. "I was going back to my vehicle, as I was going toward my vehicle, this gentleman here was walking towards my car with a larger gun. It was kind of pointed up."

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When police searched Ziccarelli's car they found several weapons.

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