Surprise, AZ mud mix charged in West Valley shooting spree that left 1 WHITE MAN dead, 12 hurt


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Surprise man charged in West Valley shooting spree that left 1 dead, 12 hurt
Posted on Jun 17, 2021


SURPRISE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A 19-year-old Surprise man was booked into the Maricopa County jail Friday morning as the suspect in Thursday's West Valley shooting spree that left one person dead and a dozen others hurt.
0:21 Drone video over West Valley shooting scene

Ashin Tricarico is charged with 1st-Degree Murder and endangerment. He was also charged with multiple counts of Aggravated Assault and Drive-by Shooting, authorities said. Police say detectives are still working to determine Tricarico's motive behind the shootings. According to Peoria police, the next update will be released Monday, June 21.

According to Peoria police, out of the 13 victims injured in the shooting incidents, 4 people were struck by a bullet. The 9 other victims were injured in the shooting incidents but not physically shot. One person, who was found shot in a drainage ditch along the Loop 101 and Thunderbird Road in Peoria, has been pronounced dead. They were later described as a 56-year-old man, but the department did not release their identity.

The first known shooting happened in the area of 103rd and Northern avenues around 11:10 a.m. when Peoria police were called to a shooting and found a person in a car that had been shot. That victim and a witness gave officers a description of the suspect vehicle and license plate. Officers began looking for a white Volkswagen Tiguan seen leaving the scene.
4:55 Residents shaken up after hearing about shootings

As officers were investigating the first shooting, numerous other reports of shootings were coming into dispatchers in Peoria Police Department, Surprise Police Department, Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety. Police say a total of eight shooting locations have been tied to the suspect. The entire incident took place over an hour and a half, police said.

103rd Avenue / West Northern Avenue
Loop 101 / Thunderbird Road
109th Avenue / West Union Hills Drive
111th Avenue / West Union Hills Drive
113th Avenue / West Bell Road
118th Avenue / West Bell Road
21800 North El Mirage Road
Loop 303 / Happy Valley Road
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Ashin Tricarico

19-year-old suspect facing multiple charges, held on $1 million bond in West Valley shooting spree​


67-year-old David Liebler

By: staff

Posted at 12:58 PM, Jun 17, 2021

and last updated 6:26 PM, Jun 22, 2021

SURPRISE, AZ — A 19-year-old suspect has been booked on multiple charges, including first-degree murder, and is being held on $1 million bond in connection with a Thursday shooting spree across the West Valley that left one person dead and 12 others hurt.
.@PeoriaPoliceAZ book West Valley shooting suspect into @mcsoaz - 19-year-old, Ashin Tricarico, of Surprise, Arizona facing multiple charges including murder. His motive is still unknown. #PeoriaPDAZ #Peoriapoliceaz #Peoriaaz #westvalley
— Peoria Police (AZ) (@PeoriaPoliceAZ) June 18, 2021
Over the span of 90 minutes on Thursday, police say Ashin Tricarico fired bullets at multiple people, seemingly at random.
Tricarico was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, and police believe he acted alone.

He is facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, drive-by shooting, and endangerment. According to a video from his initial appearance in court, Tricarico has a juvenile criminal record.
In total, four people were shot, one fatally, and nine others suffered various injuries in at least eight separate drive-by shootings that happened in Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, and along the West Valley freeways.
The man who was shot and killed has been identified as 67-year-old David Liebler.

The victims who were not shot suffered other injuries, such as being struck by shrapnel from broken glass, according to Brandon Sheffert, public information officer for the Peoria Police Department, the agency leading the investigation.
67-year-old David Liebler. obituary

Neighbors remember shooting spree victim as 'greatest guy in the world'​

By: Zach Crenshaw

Posted at 5:00 PM, Jun 23, 2021

and last updated 5:15 PM, Jun 23, 2021
PEORIA, AZ — Neighbors and friends are mourning the loss of David Liebler this week.
Peoria police identified the 67-year-old from Sun City as the lone person who passed away last Thursday, following a shooting spree that spanned the Northwest Valley, lasted nearly two hours, and injured 13 people, including children.
Liebler was found dead in his truck after police say he was shot in the neck by 19-year-oldAshin Tricarico. The father was just a mile and a half away from his Sun City home when he was shot.

"It’s super hard to even process how this could happen to a guy like that. In such a senseless, random act of violence," said Keith Howardton, who lived right next to Liebler for a few months of the year.
Liebler was a proud parent to a son, who also loved his mom.
"On Mother’s Day, he stopped and told us about his mom. He was so proud of her," said neighbor Laurie Anderson. "I saw his mom was here the other day [to collect things], so it was a sad day for her."

The tight community of Sun City is now in shock that a friendly, involved resident could be taken so senselessly.

The 19-year-old suspect told officers he believed he was being followed in connection to a shooting that he was involved in weeks earlier while working as a security guard.

"He was so close to home, of getting off the freeway and being here. He was just a nice kind man. Enjoyed golfing," said Anderson.
"He was just the greatest guy in the world. Never had an unkind word for anybody," said Howardton. "You can't ask for a better neighbor than that."
Liebler was known by neighbors for always waving and smiling on his way to his golf cart in the morning.
"It just blew us all away. You get used to seeing somebody all the time. Then boom just like that. It’s really sad," said Chris Venard, whose mother lives next door.

"We will miss him," said Anderson.
Relatives told ABC15 they were still too emotional to talk for this story, but neighbors wanted them to know what they thought of Dave.
"[Dave] would talk about his family. He had a son and had a niece who is getting married soon," said Howardton. "Dave was making a lot of really cool plans because COVID was over."
Ashin Tricarico is charged with 1st-Degree Murder and endangerment. He was also charged with multiple counts of Aggravated Assault and Drive-by Shooting, authorities said. Police say detectives are still working to determine Tricarico's motive behind the shootings.