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Grand jury returns indictment in West Valley shooting spree that left 1 dead

Officials said David Liebler, 67, was found in a red Toyota pickup with a gunshot wound on the side of his neck.

SURPRISE, Ariz. — A Maricopa County Grand Jury on Friday charged the suspect in a June 17 West Valley shooting spree with one count of first-degree murder and nine counts of drive-by shooting after police say he shot at multiple people, killing one. 

The suspect, Ashin Tricarico, 19, allegedly began the rampage on June 16 because he believed people were after him, officials said. 

Police said Tricarico, of Surprise, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail. His bond was set at $1 million and, if posted, Tricarico can be released under court-given restrictions. 

Credit: Superior Court of Arizona

The one victim who was killed in the West Valley shooting spree has been identified as 67-year-old David Liebler.

Liebler, who officers found in a red Toyota pickup truck in a canal on Loop 101, had a gunshot wound in the left side of his neck, police said.

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In interviews with Tricarico, police said he told them he believed people were following him around for about a week. Tricarico, a security guard, was involved in a Phoenix shooting one month ago and said that he thought every vehicle and person he drove past was pointing a gun at him, police said. 

According to search warrants, Tricarico was working security at a restaurant near Dunlap and I-17 on May 5. He was accused of shooting a drunk customer in the abdomen who was asked to leave. Police said Tricarico claimed he shot in self-defense.

Phoenix Police said that person was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. Police are still investigating the incident as an aggravated assault case. 

Police said Tricarico admitted to two of the eight shooting incidents. When asked about the one victim who died, officers said Tricarico did not want to talk anymore.  

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According to witness statements and police reports, Tricarico allegedly hit the following locations:

Circle K on 9476 W. Olive Avenue in Peoria at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday

  • Police said Tricarico saw a man laughing on the phone, told him, "You think you're bad," then pointed an assault rifle at him twice. 

103rd and Northern avenues in Glendale at 11:09 a.m. Thursday

  • Police said Tricarico allegedly shot at a woman in a black Kia Optima with her 3-year-old daughter in the back seat. The woman was injured by shrapnel fragments but the child was not hurt.

Northbound Loop 101 and Thunderbird Road at 11:27 a.m.

  • Witnesses told police they saw a white Volkswagen get behind the red pickup truck, swerve around to the side of the truck then they heard a loud pop.

110th Avenue and Union Hills Road in Peoria at 11:39 a.m.

  • An officer on an unrelated call saw the Volkswagen driving by then saw an uninjured woman in a red Chrysler 300 with a shattered back window, officials said.
  • A man and his adult daughter in a black Chevrolet Impala were also shot at. The daughter was shot in the leg and the man was injured by shrapnel fragments and were both released from the hospital, police said.

Bell Road between 107th Avenue and 115th Avenue at 11:45 a.m.

  • Police said a man was walking on the sidewalk when he was shot at from the white Volkswagen. The man pulled out his own handgun and shot back but was not hurt.
  • Another man in a white truck was shot at from the Volkswagen and was bleeding heavily after being hit in the head with shrapnel. 

21800 North El Mirage Road at 11:52 a.m.

  • Police said three people were shot at while driving in a red Toyota Sienna van.

Loop 303 and Happy Valley Road at 12 p.m.

  • Police said three people were in a red van when an SUV pulled up and they heard three to five gunshots. Officials said the front and back windows on the driver's side were shattered and two people were injured from the shrapnel.

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