Teen tried as adult in Valley student's shooting

Posted at 3:41 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 01:50:46-04

Authorities have decided to charge a 16-year-old accused of shooting 18-year-old Tayler Maggi as an adult.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says 16-year-old Luis Martinez will be charged in adult court for the shooting last month that sent Maggi to the hospital.

Phoenix police say Maggi was shot while driving near Dunlap and Central, and ended up crashing his car near Central and Alice avenues.

Martinez was arrested two weeks later and charged with aggravated assault. He faces two counts of aggravated assault, both class 3 felonies, in Maricopa County Superior Court, according to records.

Maggi was taken to the hospital and he's "incredibly well," according to his family.

"The word 'miracle' has been used to describe him more times than we remember, and he continues to amaze us every day," a statement from the family read which was shared with ABC15 via Erika Shields who is speaking on behalf of the family. "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." 

His family released the following statement on Thursday evening, which read in part: 

"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....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...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."