Shooting Suspect Now Charged in Crime Spree

SCRANTON, Pa. -- The suspect in a shooting last week in downtown Scranton is now charged with attempted homicide.

Zodi Oprisko, 32, of Scranton, was arraigned at Scranton Police Headquarters four days after a shooting in Scranton's downtown.

Oprisko is accused of that shooting, in which 20-year-old Len Floyd was hit in the face.

Oprisko is also accused of being involved in another shooting on that same day last week, and a third incident in which he held his girlfriend at gunpoint.

"I think we're looking at, without question, when we call someone armed and dangerous, I think this is truly an individual who was armed and dangerous, and I'm sure as we stand here today that if this individual wasn't in custody, we would certainly have more injuries, if not deaths on our hands," said Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano.

According to court papers, the first incident happened early Thursday afternoon. Oprisko shot at a vehicle on Interstate 84 in Lackawanna County near the Interstate 380 split. Neither the vehicle nor the two people inside were hit.

Court papers show the second incident happened a short time later in Scranton's downtown. Len Floyd was the passenger in a vehicle driving on Mifflin Avenue. He was shot in the face. His family tells us he has since had several surgeries, is doing well, and staying positive.

The next day on Friday, Oprisko allegedly held his girlfriend at gunpoint and then stole her car.

"You can see in how violent this individual was within a 24-to-48 period that this truly was a danger to the public," Graziano said.

Scranton police eventually located his car and Oprisko was taken into custody Friday night for a separate incident involving terrorist threats and theft. He is now charged with several crimes, including four counts of attempted homicide.

"We will do whatever is in our power to work with the D.A.'s office to ensure that proper justice is served in this case," said Capt. Peter Gutowski, Pennsylvania State Police.

Oprisko was arrested in 2007 for aggravated assault and spent six years in jail.

At his arraignment, the judge said because of the nature and randomness of the crimes, Oprisko was denied bail.

5 comments

  • fortisveritas

    So after all this, is someone going to ask why this guy still had access to firearms? By all means though, let’s disarm the law abiding citizens to make everyone safer.🇺🇸

    • fortisveritas

      Yes they are. Loads of fun to shoot at the range, puts meat on the table, and protects the family. I also enjoy the engineering that goes into them. I thought the Black Panthers and BLM were the most wholesome groups ever? Oh, the body count is up to 141 in Chicago in case you were wondering – and twice that number of babies were aborted today alone.

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