PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A valley teen accused of shooting a Sunnyslope High School student will be tried as an adult.
Fox 10 has learned that 16-year-old Luis Martinez will be tried as an adult in the shooting of 18-year-old Tyler Maggi. Martinez was arrested last week and he faces two counts of aggravated assault.
Phoenix police say Martinez shot Maggi while he was driving near Central and Dunlap.
Maggi's girlfriend was in the car with him at the time of the shooting, but she was not injured.
Witnesses say Martinez was with a group of friends when they approached Maggi.
Martinez flashed a gun at Maggi and as he drove away, Martinez fired at least nine shots, hitting Maggi in the head.
Detectives say Maggi had an ongoing feud with one of Martinez's friends.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and more suspects may be involved.
Maggi is a senior at Sunnyslope High School and he remains in critical condition.
Tayler Maggi's family has released the following statement:
It's been almost three weeks since Tayler's accident, and we have so much to be thankful for. First, Tayler is alive, thanks to the first responders who got him to John C. Lincoln so quickly, where the incredible staff was unknowingly waiting to save his life. To the surgeons and the entire neurology team, including Dr. Zach, Dr. Hott, and Dr. Ali-Osman, we are grateful for their knowledge, skill, patience, and kindness. The ICU nurses, Respiratory Technicians, aides, and other staff were all amazing, too. We have a large family, and Tayler has a lot of friends who were constantly in and out, and not once were we made to feel anything less than welcome to be there supporting Tay.
Second, we want to thank the Phoenix Police Department for their tireless effort in working around the clock to catch the person who committed this horrible and senseless crime. The detectives were in constant communication with our family, keeping us as informed as possible every step of the way. Thanks to their hard work and effort, the person is off the street and won't be able to do something like this to anyone else.
We also want to thank the community. The way that so many people, most of whom we know, but many that we don't, have come out to support Tayler, has been so overwhelming. From the fundraisers, food and care packages, to the well wishes, healing thoughts, and prayers, it's all been unbelievably encouraging, and has made an enormous impact on Tayler's recovery.
As for his progress, Tay is doing incredibly well. The word 'miracle' has been used to describe him more times than we remember, and he continues to amaze us every day. Tayler has a very long, and difficult road ahead of him, but he is strong, and he is fighting, and he is going to recover. We ask for your continued support and prayers, as we know he will continue to need them.