Mother points to domestic violence past in Glendale shooting

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PHOENIX - A Valley woman who was shot multiple times is recovering while police continue their search for her attacker.

No suspects have been named, but the victim's mother said she thinks she knows who tried to kill her daughter

The victim's mom said her daughter was once in an abusive relationship and now she's wondering if that past has come back to haunt her.

“My daughter's like, 'No, Momma, I don't want to be in this type of relationship,' so she decided to leave him,” Theresa Grimes said. That was months ago and everything was fine until Friday.

“He followed Tyhesha from work to home and found out where she lived,” Grimes said.

Grimes said her daughter had no idea she was in danger again until a week ago when, after months of no contact, she started getting threatening phone calls.

“The ex-boyfriend came to the residence," said Lt. Johnny Arevalo about the crime Friday night. "She saw it was him and he proceeded to fire rounds through the door, striking her once in the abdomen.”

So far, police say no arrest has been made, but they are following all possible leads. Tyhesha is said to be in stable condition, but her emotional wounds run deep.

“He took her from an independent person to a disabled person,” Grimes said.

Domestic violence experts say this happens all too often, affecting one in three Arizonans and every five minutes an officer responds to another domestic abuse call.

“When a victim leaves a relationship that's when an offender loses control and that's what abuse is,” said Jemeille Ackourey, chief clinical officer at Chrysalis. “It’s all about power and control over another human being so it’s  most dangerous when a victim leaves and you need to be aware of that.”
   
It's a lesson this mother and daughter say they have learned the hard way.

“I know he's still out there," Grimes said. "I don't know where he's at, but now I’m really afraid for her life and mine.”

Victims’ advocates say the best way to protect yourself is by telling others what's going on.

“The more people aware you could be in harm’s way the safer you become,” Ackourey said.

There are also numerous organizations willing to help victims of abuse. Some, like Chrysalis, can even provide a safe shelter.

For more information, call the crisis hotline at 602-222-9444.