Tempe police: Mom's disability van struck by random gunfire

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 01:37:05-04

There was broken glass in the driveway when the Terrell family in Tempe woke up Monday morning. 

Overnight, Tempe police said the family was the victim of random violence. Bullets from a shooting ripped through a fence and two cars outside the family's home.

“I don't understand why they would pick us,” said Adrienne Terrell, trying to understand the violence. She said the family has no enemies.

The cops are having trouble understanding as well. Tempe police said this appears to be completely random or perhaps a case of mistaken identity. 

“Either way, I still feel like a target now,” said Terrell. “I feel afraid for my kids now because their bedroom windows are right there.”

Terrell has multiple sclerosis. The van with the bullet holes is a disability accessible vehicle for Adrienne and her wheelchair. 

“Yeah, like I don't have enough, you know I’m always fighting and now this,” she said. “I need that van to take my kids to school, everything I do, go to the grocery store, I do all the regular mom stuff in my van.”

The van is now in the shop for expensive repairs. There’s also an expensive rental van she needs in the meantime. 

Terrell has a message for the bad guys: “You did this to a mother and I know you have one too, shame on you.”

Tempe police want to know who did this and why. If you know anything about the crime, contact Tempe police.