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Victims tell jury about being shot on Honolulu freeway

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:12 p.m. HST, May 07, 2013

Amie Lou Asuncion recalled running across a Honolulu freeway after being shot in the back while driving in 2011, and then hiding in some plants because she feared the shooter was following her.

Asuncion testified today in the murder trial of Toby Stangel, a pastor's son accused of going on a highway shooting rampage, killing a mother of 10. Prosecutors say Stangel shot and wounded Asuncion and another man and then fired at two police officers during the early morning shooting spree on June 3, 2011.

"I see a car in my rearview and he suddenly changes lanes on my left side," Asuncion said. "When he changed lanes, he just started shooting at me." Her window shattered, she said, and it felt like she got hit.

She stopped her pickup truck, jumped over the center median and ran on the other side of the freeway, Asuncion testified. She heard two shots and then jumped into some plants along the highway, where she waited for 20 to 30 minutes.

"I thought he followed me there," she said.

Meanwhile, Samson Naupoto was driving along the freeway when he saw Asuncion running across the lanes, he testified. He tried to roll down his window, wanting to offer some help. Suddenly, he couldn't press on the gas, he recalled.

"I feel the numbness in my leg," he said. "I feel the blood going down my right-side thigh."

A daughter of the woman who was killed testified Monday, describing how they were waiting at an intersection when someone started shooting at their van. Cindy Nguyen, the youngest of Tammy Nguyen's 10 children, pointed to Stangel, identifying him as the shooter.

Stangel's defense attorney, John Schum, said before the trial resumed today that he hasn't decided whether his client will testify in his defense. Schum said he doesn't dispute that Stangel committed the shootings, but the prosecution needs to prove intent to convict him of murder.

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allie wrote:
scary dude
on May 7,2013 | 01:06PM
Pocho wrote:
stricter gun laws would have prevented this sad situation
on May 7,2013 | 06:44PM
onevoice82 wrote:
I am sure you are being facetious, no one would have made such a comment and actually believed it.
on May 7,2013 | 09:02PM
romei wrote:
i thought this "kind of stuff" doesn't happen here ....
on May 7,2013 | 03:22PM
Mythman wrote:
"the meth, coke, heroin, etc made me do it" scum and schum
on May 7,2013 | 03:31PM
bumba wrote:
Euthanize this wingnut and do us all a favor.
on May 7,2013 | 03:46PM
kauai wrote:
So he doesn't deny shooting those people and killing one of them. Therefore he committed the murder. This is what the death penalty is for, to ensure that he does not do it again, ever. Unfortunate that Hawaii doesn't have the death penalty.
on May 7,2013 | 04:40PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Interesting that you wish the state would do exactly what he is said to have done. "Thou shalt not kill" did not have any phrases that followed, beginning with "except in the case of..."
on May 7,2013 | 05:57PM
ponowai wrote:
Looks like a punk, I wanna punch his face! Put him in a cell with Joseph Tui, don't give them meds then put a camera on them so we can watch.
on May 7,2013 | 04:49PM
MANDA wrote:
Listen, no one looks good in a situation like that. If he's crazy, he's crazy. Let's see what comes out of this.
on May 7,2013 | 07:23PM
RichardCory wrote:
Yes, turning our prison system into a bloodsport is a fine way to demonstrate what a progressive and advanced culture we have.
on May 7,2013 | 09:21PM
sayer wrote:
Prove "intent" to convict him of murder? Well if you're shooting at living people with a deadly weapon I think that's enough to prove intent, bud.
on May 7,2013 | 05:20PM
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