PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Survivors of a shooting spree in the west Valley earlier this month are now speaking out, following the indictment of the suspect.
The grand jury indictment against 19-year-old Ashin Scott Tricarico mirrors the charges filed previously by prosecutors. Police say Tricarico allegedly opened fire on cars and pedestrians from his SUV in at least eight separate shootings in three Phoenix suburbs.
Four people were shot, including 67-year-old David Liebler, who was found dead in a pickup truck that had gone off the road and into a canal near a freeway. A 3-year-old child was in one vehicle with her mother when the front windshield and driver’s side door were hit, but wasn’t harmed.
Now we're hearing from some of the survivors of the terrifying ordeal. “I hear boom, and then boom, boom,” recalls Abrianna Martinez. “I thought something was exploding in my car until I looked to the side and saw a bullet hole and was like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve been shot at.'"
Martinez says she was heading back home after a doctor appointment with her 3-year-old daughter, Aubrey, when her car was sprayed with bullets. Martinez was bleeding after being hit with shrapnel on her stomach, arms, and face. Aubrey, luckily, was OK.
Martinez says her car is inoperable after bullets pierced the windows and destroyed the dashboard. A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for a replacement vehicle.
While the physical wounds are healing, Martinez says she continues to suffer emotional trauma from the attack. “It does take a toll on your mental health, to be honest,” says Martinez. “You don’t really feel comfortable anywhere you go anymore.”
George and Joyce Zoske remember hearing a “horrendous explosion” when their car was shot about 40 minutes after the attack on the Martinez family. George says they were leaving their church when a bullet grazed his head, and he continues to deal with loss of hearing.
The Zoskes are thankful for the work of first responders and good Samaritans who came to their aid.“One fellow took his t-shirt off and put it on my head to try to help stop the bleeding,” recalls George.
To get past the terrifying experience, the Zoske’s are focusing on their faith and sharing a message about gun control. “We’ve got to get more control on who has a weapon because it shouldn’t happen,” says George. “Thank God for us and others that survived. It could have been much worse.”
Investigators said Tricarico told them that he believed people were after him because of his involvement in another shooting.
More than a month before the shootings, police say Tricarico was working as a licensed security guard at a north Phoenix restaurant when he shot a male customer outside who was reported intoxicated, causing a disturbance and charging at Tricarico.
Police said the man was taken to a hospital with an injury that was not life-threatening, 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.