Peoria and Surprise police officers talk about a complex investigation involving 13 victims, four who were shot, in eight separate incidents on June 17, 2021.
Peoria police identified the man they believe went on a shooting spree in the West Valley on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 13 others, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.
Ashin Scott Tricarico, 19, of Surprise, is suspected of being the man driving a white Volkswagen SUV on Thursday who terrorized West Valley residents for an hour and a half, according to court records.
Police say Tricarico was in the vehicle when he was found in the area of 147th and Grand avenues. He was arrested and later booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, five counts of aggravated assault, five counts of drive-by shooting, and one count of endangerment.
While being questioned about the shooting spree, Tricarico claimed that people had been after him after he was a security guard and was suspected of shooting a man on May 5 at a Phoenix sports bar. He said he saw people pointing guns at him wherever he went.
Peoria police say Tricarico’s motive is still unknown at this point, and detectives are still sorting through evidence to determine exactly what occurred.
Bail for Tricarico was set at $1 million and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 28.
Multiple crime scenes, police agencies involved
Police have stressed the complexity of the shooting case with multiple crime scenes and agencies involved, and based on the available court records not all of the injured are reported.
The first sign of the shootings started Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. when a man parked at a gas station claimed another man in a white SUV parked next to him and pointed a rifle at him, according to court records.
The man called police and began to follow the SUV when he heard the rifle fire, the court records said.
Shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, a witness said he heard shooting near 103rd and Northern avenues and found a woman in a black sedan shot and bleeding, the court records said.
The woman reported she heard shooting and felt pain in her arm, head, and stomach, according to the court records. Shrapnel injured her. Police said she was treated for her injuries and released.
Witnesses said a white SUV pulled around the black sedan and sped off east on Northern Avenue.
Shortly before 11:30 a.m. near Loop 101 and Thunderbird Avenue, witnesses say a white SUV that was swerving while heading north on the 101 pulled up next to a red truck and then gunshots were heard, court records said.
Peoria police found a man dead with a gunshot wound in his neck several hours later in a red truck that had driven into the canal along Loop 101.
Shortly before 11:40 a.m. near Union Hills Drive and 110th Avenue, an officer followed a red sedan with a broken rear window to a parking lot, according to court records.
The sedan driver said she heard a loud noise and then her window shattered. She was not injured.
Nearby, a man and his adult daughter driving in a black sedan were shot while driving west on Union Hills Drive, according to court records.
The man was hit by shrapnel while his daughter was struck in the leg, court records said.
The man drove himself and his daughter to a hospital where they received treatment and were later released.
The daughter told police she saw a white SUV drive into an RV park near 109th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. Police later found .233 caliber bullet casings near that area, according to court records.
At 11:45 a.m., Surprise police got calls of two shootings near 115th Avenue and West Bell Road.
In the first shooting, a man reported he was walking down the street on 115th Avenue and someone in a white SUV began shooting at him, so he shot back with his own gun, court records said.
According to court records, Tricarico said in a statement that the man on the street shot at him first.
In the second shooting, a man in a white truck said a man in a black baseball cap driving a white SUV pulled up next to him, stuck a gun barrel out of his window and began firing at him.
The man was hit with shrapnel, and his condition was not available.
At about noon, authorities found three victims who were shot on El Mirage Road north of Northern Avenue, according to court records.
All three were in a red van going south on Loop 303 when a white SUV pulled up next to them and began firing at them, according to court records.
Shortly after 12:30 p.m., Surprise police got a call from the Surprise Fire Department, because the vehicle described in the shootings was spotted: a white Volkswagen SUV.
Officers soon found the SUV at a gas station near 140th and Grand avenues, and they arrested Tricarico.
Police found an AR-15 rifle and two rifle magazines in the car, court records said.
Phoenix shooting in May
Tricarico was previously suspected of shooting a man on May 5 while working as a licensed armed security guard at a Phoenix sports bar, according to a search warrant statement.
Phoenix police also confirmed in a statement Tricarico’s involvement in the shooting at a sports bar, near Black Canyon Access and Dunlap Avenue.
Tricarico was asked to deal with a male customer at the bar who was reportedly intoxicated and causing a disturbance, according to Phoenix police. He went outside to call 911.
The male customer followed and allegedly charged Tricarico, who fired one shot, striking the man, police said.
Tricarico said the man tried to swing at him when he shot him.
Witnesses in the records said the man was 5 feet away from Tricarico when he fired the gun.
Tricarico remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. He said he shot the man in self-defense, according to the Phoenix police statement.
At the time of the statement, the victim was left intubated following surgery. He had a blood alcohol content of .299, according to the report.
According to Phoenix police, the investigation into the sports bar shooting was still open.
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