California teenager killed in shooting saw her father shoot her mother: police


Authorities say the California teenager who died after allegedly shooting multiple times with deputies had apparently seen her father kill her mother the day before.

Fontana police initially believed Savannah Graziano, 15, was abducted by her father Anthony, who also died in Tuesday’s shooting. An Amber Alert has been issued for Savannah’s disappearance, but California detectives are now questioning the abduction theory after it emerged she was likely involved in the shooting with her father.

On Monday, Anthony Graziano, 45, allegedly shot his ex-wife, Tracy Martinez, several times before shooting a nearby car. Anthony and Savannah had recently moved out of Martinez’s house.

Officers now believe Savannah was sitting in the back of her father’s truck when he fatally shot her mother. Martinez identified her husband as her killer shortly before he died, but did not mention his daughter’s presence.

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Savannah Graziano was killed in a shootout with law enforcement Tuesday on a highway in California’s high desert, authorities said. On Wednesday, officials said the teenager shot deputies during the shooting.
(AP)

Witnesses and videos corroborate that the teenager remained motionless while her mother screamed. Footage showed Savannah sitting inside Anthony’s truck for 30 to 60 seconds before the shooting began, and the teenager did not get out of the vehicle once the shooting began.

“She’s just sitting in the back seat,” said Sgt. Christian Surgent told The Associated Press.

The day after the murder, a witness spotted Savannah’s father’s vehicle and alerted authorities, prompting a lengthy car chase along a deserted highway with deputies. Shots were fired from a rifle into Anthony’s van, but his car eventually broke down after driving off the freeway.

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Graziano and his teenage daughter whom he abducted the day before were killed in a shootout with law enforcement on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, on a highway in California's high desert, authorities said.

Graziano and his teenage daughter whom he abducted the day before were killed in a shootout with law enforcement on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, on a highway in California’s high desert, authorities said.
(Courtesy of Fontana City Police Department via AP)

A shooter from his car also fired several shots through the windshield of a patrol car and disabled another pursuing vehicle.

Anthony died in the truck, but Savannah was killed when she ran towards officers during the gunfire. The teenager was wearing a helmet and tactical gear at the time.

Authorities found tactical gear, rifles, handguns, smoke grenades and thousands of rounds in Anthony Graziano’s storage unit – all of which legally belonged. Savannah’s younger brother told investigators that he and Savannah grew up around guns.

This undated photo provided by the Fontana City Police Department shows Anthony John Graziano, 45, a suspect in a shooting.

This undated photo provided by the Fontana City Police Department shows Anthony John Graziano, 45, a suspect in a shooting.
(Courtesy of Fontana City Police Department via AP)

Authorities are determining if Savannah was shot by the police or by her father.

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Police have not released footage of the shooting during the investigation, which is being assisted by the California Department of Justice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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