Police: Savannah Graziano, 15, was present when the father gunned down the mother the day before the deadly shooting in Hesperia

HESPERIA, California– The Fontana teenager, who was killed alongside her father in a shootout with police this week, was with him a day earlier when he fatally shot her mother, police said on Thursday.

Savannah Graziano, 15, was sitting in the back of her father’s pickup truck Monday when he shot her mother, Tracy Martinez, according to Fontana police.

Witnesses and two videos – one from a passerby and one from a doorbell – show that she remained silent as her mother screamed.

“She’s just sitting in the back seat,” Sgt. Christian Surgent said in a phone interview Thursday.

Authorities had previously said the teenager was elsewhere during her mother’s assassination and was later kidnapped by her father, Anthony Graziano. However, the two videos obtained on Wednesday showed them between 30 and 60 seconds before the shooting began in the truck, police said.

The 15-year-old girl who was killed in a shooting in Hesperia had stayed with her father before her mother was killed

Witnesses did not report seeing Savannah exit the vehicle, Surgent said, as Martinez attempted to flee and Graziano – her estranged husband – jumped out with a pistol.

Graziano, 45, shot Martinez several times and turned and shot a nearby car. Nobody else was hurt.

Martinez was able to identify her killer as Graziano before she died, Surgent said, but never mentioned her daughter being there. None of the videos showed the shooting.

Savannah and her father were both killed a day later after a long chase along a desert highway east of Los Angeles in Hesperia — about 35 miles north of the scene. Gunshots were fired at the pursuing officers from Graziano’s pickup, which became inoperable after pulling off the freeway. The gunman fired multiple shots through the windshield of a squad car and later disabled a second pursuing vehicle, authorities said.

Graziano died in the truck while Savannah, who was wearing tactical gear and a helmet, was fatally shot as she ran towards the MPs amid a hail of bullets. Authorities are investigating whether she was shot by MPs, her father, or both.

The Attorney General’s office is investigating the shooting because it involved the death of a minor. Meanwhile, detectives in Fontana have still not determined a motive for the killing.

Investigators later searched the family’s Fontana home — from which Graziano and his daughter had moved weeks earlier — and Graziano’s storage unit. Inside the storage pod, they found numerous AR-15-style rifles, handguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, smoke grenades and other tactical gear, Surgent said.

The firearms legally belonged to Graziano, who was not on parole or parole. Savannah’s younger brother told investigators that the siblings grew up around guns.

Authorities have said they have police video showing the freeway shooting but have not released it, nor have they released the two videos showing Savannah in the pickup just before her mother was killed.

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Laura Coffey

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