We now know the name of the man killed in the shooting spree in the west Valley last Thursday. Police also say the suspect could be linked to other crimes.

PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Peoria police have released the name of the man killed in a shooting spree in the west Valley last week. David Michael Liebler, 67, from Sun City, was found shot in his neck inside a red pickup truck that had gone off the road and into a canal near Loop 101 and Thunderbird Road. Police say Liebler's death was part of a shooting spree on Thursday, June 17, leaving one person dead, a dozen hurt, and a community frightened.

Ashin Tricarico, 19, from Surprise, was arrested in connection with the string of crimes. He faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, endangerment, aggravated assault and drive-by shooting, authorities said.

Detectives now believe that Tricarico fired at more than a dozen people, seemingly at random. At times, Tricarico pulled up beside random vehicles and placed the barrel of an assault rifle through his window and fired multiple shots, police said.

Peoria police call it a "complex case involving multiple victims, from multiple jurisdictions."

Peoria police have provided a breakdown of the shooting spree last Thursday that left a trail of victims across several west Valley cities. However, detectives now believe more crimes may be linked to Tricarico, including some that happened before last Thursday's shootings.

Timeline gives minute-by-minute details of West Valley shooting spree

*Thursday, June 10 - 8:29 p.m. (8700 W. Lake Pleasant Parkway)

The suspect pointed a gun at a 34-year-old woman. No one was hurt and no damage was reported.

*Wednesday, June 16 -6:15 p.m. (94th Ave. & Olive, Glendale)

The suspect shot at a 46-year-old man in a car. No one was hurt and no damage was reported.

*Thursday, June 17 - 11:09 a.m. (Northern and 103rd avenue, Glendale)

The suspect fired shots at a car. A 23-year-old woman and her 3-year-old daughter were inside. The woman was injured by shrapnel. The little girl was not hurt. The vehicle was damaged by gunshots.

*Thursday, June 17 -11:27 a.m. (101 & Thunderbird Road)

Peoria police then got a call about a shooting on Loop 101 and Thunderbird. At the time, no victim was found. But later, officers located a deceased man, now identified as Liebler, inside a red Toyota pickup truck in the canal that runs alongside the freeway. Police say Liebler had been shot in the neck.  

*Thursday, June 17 - 11:39 a.m. (110th Avenue and Union Hills Drive)

The suspect fired on a car driving on Union Hills Drive. A 45-year-old man was injured by shrapnel. A 23-year-old woman was shot in the leg.

*Thursday, June 17 - 11:39 a.m. - (110th Avenue and Union Hills Drive)

A 40-year-old woman reported that someone shot at her car. She was not hurt.

*Thursday, June 17  -11:45 a.m. (Bell Road between 107th Avenue & 115th Avenue)

.A man told police he was walking along the sidewalk when a driver in a white SUV fired a gun at him. That man was not struck, and actually fired his own gun back in the suspect's direction.

*Thursday, June 17  -11:45 a.m. (Bell Road between 107th Avenue & 115th Avenue)

A man who was driving on Bell Road said a man in a white SUV fired several rounds at his vehicle. That driver was struck in the head by shrapnel.

*Thursday, June 17 -11:52 a.m. (21800 N. El Mirage Road, Surprise)

MCSO was called out to a shooting scene in Surprise. An 86-year-old man and and 86-year-old woman were driving southbound on Loop 303 when they said someone in a white SUV fired shots at them. The gunfire shattered several windows. One victim was injured by shrapnel.

*Thursday, June 17 - Noon (Loop 303 and Happy Valley Road)

The Peoria Fire Department located another shooting victim near Loop 303 and Happy Valley Road. Phoenix FBI agents arrived to find three shooting victims, a 34-year-old man, a 56-year-old man ad a 23-year-old man. The trio had been driving southbound in a red van when they heard gunshots. Two windows were shattered. Two victims were injured by shrapnel.


Victims and witnesses were able to give authorities a description of the suspect's vehicle and the license plate number. After an alert was sent out by police, Firefighters from Surprise spotted the vehicle and notified Surprise Police who then swarmed a nearby shopping center where the suspect's car had pulled into.

Neil Betrue, a pastor in Surprise, was alone in his church’s office when he noticed a few police officers and heard a helicopter buzzing overhead. He peered out the door and saw even more officers surrounding the suspect’s car and started recording the commotion on his cellphone.

“I did not know at the time it was a shooting spree happening,” Betrue told The Associated Press last Friday. “I just thought maybe there must have been a car chase or something.”

As officers drew their weapons, the suspect, identified as Tricarico, raised his hands in the air. He then was cuffed without incident, Betrue's video shows. “I'm just thankful that he didn't try to put the officers or any of the business or anyone else in harm's way here,” Betrue said.

Police don't believe anyone else was involved in the attacks.

Police said Tricarico admitted to some of the shootings and declined to talk about others, but denied firing at a woman or killing a man. Tricarico told police he was involved in another shooting a month ago in Phoenix while he was a security guard and believed people have been following him because of it, according to the court documents.

“Ashin thinks every vehicle and person he drives past is pointing a gun at him," police wrote. He reportedly told police he thought people have been following him around for a week.

Tricarico was working as a licensed, armed security guard at a restaurant in north Phoenix on May 5 when he shot a male customer outside who was reported intoxicated, causing a disturbance and charging at Tricarico. Phoenix police said in a statement Friday night.

Police said the man was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, and Tricarico remained at the restaurant and cooperated with investigators. The case is still being investigated, and Tricarico told police he shot the man in self-defense. The gun he used was impounded and has remained in police custody.


The Phoenix metropolitan area has seen other deadly drive-by shootings.

In 2005 and 2006, the area was terrorized by a pair of serial shooters who drove around and shot at random targets, killing six people and wounding 19 others. After they were finally arrested, airport janitor Dale Hausner and his roommate Sam Dietman, a petty criminal, were given life sentences. Hausner killed himself in prison by overdosing in 2013.

A decade later, a similar string of drive-by shootings started. In 2015 and 2016, nine people were killed and two injured in what police called the “Serial Street Shootings.” Police in 2017 arrested Aaron Saucedo, then 23, alleging he randomly gunned down the people, often at night, while they were returning home from work or in their front yards. He has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges and is awaiting trial. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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