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Victims testify about escape, injuries in freeway shooting

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:42 a.m. HST, May 08, 2013

Amie Lou Asuncion recalled running across the H-1 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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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pandadaddy wrote:
The defense attorney's last name is spelled incorrectly in this article. They mistakenly added an "h".
on May 8,2013 | 11:18AM
Skyler wrote:
I got that.
on May 8,2013 | 02:38PM
jyl wrote:
To bad Hawaii doesn't have the Death Penalty...why waste taxpayers money...they better food then the school children and better health care....
on May 8,2013 | 02:07PM
pizza wrote:
Knowingly and Intentionally... chose to illegally place a loaded weapon into his car... got into his car... drove to each shooting scene... knowingly brandished and discharged his firearm at seven different targets... fled... surrendered in such a way he could not be shot... May God see justice in the interest of the victims served.
on May 9,2013 | 01:22AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Too bad the cops didn't finish this low life off once and for all...his continued existence endangers us all...
on May 9,2013 | 01:39AM
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