ELIZABETH VARGAS REPORTS ON THE COLOR OF RAGE
-- AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN CLASSMATE ENDS WITH A WHITE TEENAGED
BOY SHOT DEAD AND A BLACK FATHER ACCUSED OF MURDER --
ON ABC NEWS' "20/20," FRIDAY, APRIL 4
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It started as an e-mail hoax, turned into a confrontation between two young men just out of high school and resulted in a white teenager shot dead and a black family man accused of murder. In his first interview since the fatal incident, John White speaks exclusively to Elizabeth Vargas about firing his pistol at close range, killing 17-year-old Dano Cicciaro, in the usually tranquil Long Island, NY town. White walks Vargas through the crime scene and tells his side of the tragic story. "They were doing it, they were acting like a lynch mob. That's how they acted� calling for my son. When someone wakes you up in the middle of the night you go into a defensive mode. That's what I did," he tells Vargas. "Never meant to shoot that young man." "20/20's" report on the color of rage airs FRIDAY, APRIL 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Aaron White, one of only four black students in his high school class, woke his dad up on the evening of August 6, 2006, saying "these kids are coming here to beat me up and kill me." Moments later, Aaron's dad, John, an avid hunter, went for a pistol. John says he shouted to his wife to call 911, but she says she didn't hear him. Dano Cicciaro and four of his friends pulled up the White's driveway to confront Aaron, just as he feared. What happened next, no one can agree on. Did John shoot in self defense against Dano, who was intoxicated, or was it an unwarranted attack? And what will happen when the jury reaches a verdict?
Vargas also interviews two of the teenagers who were with Dano when they approached Aaron's house who have a much different story to tell, as well as the girl at the middle of the e-mail hoax. She also interviews Dano's parents, who do not feel that justice has been served.
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"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.