Mayhem in Arizona: Eight shootings by same suspect leave 1 dead, 12 hurt

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Source: Peoria police

Jun. 19 2021, Published 4:58 p.m. ET

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An Arizona man reportedly went on a 90-minute drive-by shooting spree, leaving one man dead and a dozen people injured in at least eight separate incidents in three cities.

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Ashin Tricarico, 19, of Surprise, Arizona, reportedly left his house in the city of Surprise with an AR-15 rifle and four boxes of ammunition on Wednesday evening, according to AZFamily.com.

Authorities determined Tricarico was linked to at least eight seemingly random incidents throughout Peoria, Glendale and Surprise. The shootings left one man dead and 12 people injured. Police said the injured victims are all adults and are expected to make a full recovery.

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The victims were between 19 and 56 years old, according to Peoria police. A 3-year-old was in one of the vehicles that was shot but not hurt. The person killed was 56 years old.

“His motive is still unknown at this point as detectives are still sorting through evidence to determine exactly what occurred,” Peoria Police said in a statement.

“This is a complex, ongoing investigation that will take a significant amount of time.”

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Peoria Police first responded to a report of a drive-by shooting in the area of 103rd Avenue and Northern Avenue around 11:10 A.M. June 17.

Officers reportedly found an adult in a vehicle who had been shot. The victim and a witness provided officers with a description of the suspect, vehicle and license plate.

Meanwhile, multiple shootings were reported to the Peoria Police Department, Surprise Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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Officials said a member of the Surprise Fire-Medical Department spotted Tricarico’s vehicle in the area of 147th Avenue and Grand Avenue around 12:40 p.m. Surprise Police stopped the SUV and took Tricarico into custody. They reportedly found a weapon as well.

Tricarico was charged with first-degree murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault and multiple counts of drive-by shooting and endangerment.

Police said Tricarico reportedly admitted to some of the shootings and declined to talk about others. Tricarico reportedly 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 AZCentral.com.

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“Ashin thinks every vehicle and person he drives past is pointing a gun at him," police wrote in court documents obtained by the Associated Press.

Tricarico was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on June 18 and is being held on $1 million bail.

The FBI has reportedly joined the Peoria, Surprise and Glendale Police Departments as well as the Arizona Department of Public Safety in the investigation.

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