California teen killed in shootout witnessed her father shooting her mother: police
Fontana police initially believed that 15-year-old Savannah Graziano had been kidnapped by her father, Anthony, who also died in the shootout on Tuesday. that Amber Alert has been issued about Savannah’s disappearance, but California investigators are now questioning the kidnapping theory after it surfaced She may have been involved in a shootout with her father.
On Monday, 45-year-old Anthony Graziano shot his estranged wife, Tracy Martinez, several times before shooting a nearby car. Anthony and Savannah had recently left Martinez’s house.
Officers now believe Savannah was sitting in the back of her father’s truck when his mother was shot dead. Martinez recognized her husband as her killer shortly before his death, but did not mention her daughter’s presence.
Witnesses and videos confirm that the girl remained still while her mother screamed. The footage showed Savannah sitting inside Anthony’s truck for 30 to 60 seconds before the shooting began, and the young man did not get out of the car once the shots started.
“She’s just sitting in the back seat,” Sgt. Christian Surgent told The Associated Press.
The day after the murder, a witness saw Savannah’s father’s car and alerted authorities, causing a long car chase along a desert road with deputies. Gun shots were fired in Anthony’s pickup truck, but his car eventually broke down after she drove off the highway.
The shooter also fired several bursts from his car through the windshield of a patrol car and stopped another vehicle that was following him.
Anthony died in the truck, but Savannah was killed when she ran toward the officers during the shooting. The teenager was wearing a helmet and tactical gear at the time.
Authorities found tactical gear, rifles, pistols, smoke grenades, and thousands of rounds of ammunition in Anthony Graziano’s storage unit – all of which were legally owned. Savannah’s younger brother told detectives that he grew up with Savannah about guns.
Authorities are determining whether Savannah was shot dead by officers or her father.
Police have not publicly released footage of the shooting amid the investigation, which is being assisted by the California Department of Justice.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.