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Police arrest man accused of shooting vehicle with shotgun in Richland Walmart parking lot

RICHLAND TWP., Pa. - A shooting Thursday night at a Walmart parking lot in Richland Township ended with one man behind bars.

A woman in Richland Township was driving when the confrontation with another driver began. The road rage quickly escalated, until one driver used his gun. That led the Richland Township Police Department on a hunt to find the man.

Police say earlier in the evening, Grosso was involved in an incident at the Yum Yum Donut store in Quakertown. Grosso paid  with a card, which is how police say they learned his name. He then left the store and went to the Richland Crossings Shopping Center, in Richland Township. Police Grosso was driving a light-colored vehicle believed to be a Mercedes sedan, however no tag information was found, police said. 

While at the shopping center, he encountered Barbara Lavin, who was driving behind the Walmart Shopping Center with her 22-year-old son, Sean Lavin, in the passenger seat.

According to Barb Lavin, she had just dropped off her daughter at work when everything started. According to Lavin, an aggressive driver behind her wasn't giving her vehicle space. She says he tried to pass her then shot at her car.

"We get to the stop sign at the intersection where the Walmart is. We make a left, as soon as we're making that left we just hear 'bang' right there. I turn around. We were shot," said Sean Larvin.

Because of the sound, at first the family says they thought the man had hit them seconds later realizing he'd used his weapon.

Police say they were able to get a video recording from a camera owned by Walmart. Police say the recording shows Grosso's car approach Lavin's from behind, he reaches out the window with what police believe is a shotgun and fires at the Lavin's car. Grosso then flees by driving west, according to police. 

Investigators discovered what appeared to be wadding on the ground passed the point where the round impacted. Wadding is what happens when a shotgun shell is fired. The impact point had shattered glass with a semi circle hole and a dent above it, which police say is consistent with a slug fired from a shotgun.

Police then went to the Yum Yum Donut store and reviewed surveillance footage, which showed Grosso. Police compared this image of him with his driver's license photograph to identify him. 

Police now have Grosso, in custody. Police arrested Grosso at a motel in Milford Township, Bucks County.

"I believe in guardian angels so I think a guardian angel was watching out for me. I'm just thankful it wasn't an inch lower," said Barb Lavin.

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