A nightmare one family will never wake from.
It started just after 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010. Inside the home near 43rd Aveune and Thomas, the parents and their two young children were sound asleep. Then there was a loud crash of breaking glass.
"And at the same time my kids started screaming and crying," the victim said.
The victim said he was so startled he leapt out of bed, falling and breaking his arm. He scrambled to his feet, heading to his 8-year-old son's room while his pregnant wife, right behind him, rushed to get their 3-year-old daughter.
"And as soon as I came out of my room I bumped into somebody inside of my house," the victim said. "As soon as I bumped into him I heard him say...he turned and kind of ran out. That's when I saw this guy reaching for his gun and I just jumped to the bathroom door and he just started shooting at us."
Firing slowly and deliberately in the dark, following their voices. His wife, trying to make it to cover, was shot in the head while holding their little girl's hand.
"We know that the suspect is a Hispanic male, he's between 20 and 25 years of age, 150 lbs., short, dark hair, light mustache -- possibly a goatee at the time," Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch said. "But what's significant is he had a tattoo on the left side of his neck with block lettering. We don't know the letters were but they were block-style lettering."
Burch said the victims did not know the suspect and are not sure if it was a case of mistaken location by the suspect.
"We have no idea why he selected this home," Burch said.
The mother and the baby survived but the family, still terrified, immediately moved to another part of town. The victim said his son is now afraid of everything and won't even go into a dark room and he can't stop reliving that terrible morning.
"I still have bad dreams," he said.