Mechanic Arrested After Shooting Customer
February 17, 2022—A California mechanic is accused of opening fire on a customer following a dispute over an unpaid bill, CBS 12 reported.
Thomas Scorza, 66, has been arrested on two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
According to investigators, a man went to pick up his car at GT Auto Repair on Forest Hill Boulevard on Saturday afternoon. Scorza told deputies the customer tried to drive away in the car without paying the $477 bill. Scorza said he confronted the driver and fired at his direction out of fear of being run over. However, surveillance video contradicts Scorza’s story and shows he was not in the path of the vehicle.
The man drove himself to JFK Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound to his leg. The shooting victim told deputies he felt the proper repairs were not made on his car so he grabbed the car keys and began to back out of the garage.