Two victims recount terrifying moments after being shot on H-1 freeway

Two victims recount terrifying moments after being shot by Toby Stangel.
Two victims recount terrifying moments after being shot by Toby Stangel.

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Amie Lou Asuncion says she was so afraid for her life that she hid in a plant with a bullet in her back ….bleeding for nearly 30 minutes… before going for help.

That’s just some of the chilling testimony jurors heard today in Toby Stangel’s murder trial.

Stangel is accused of killing one woman and injuring two others in a shooting that stretched from Kapiolani boulevard, onto the

H-1 freeway.

“And then I heard pop, pop, pop. Then I was like whoa, what is going on, this is serious,” says Asuncion.

Apelu Patu remembers that night, and the fear he had as he drove right through the middle of a shooting scene.

“I was going to stop, but I never like stop because I got my wife next to me. She say don’t stop. So, if I would have stopped my wife would have got shot,” says Patu.

Samson Naupoto wasn’t so lucky…He saw a woman run across the west and east bound lanes of the H-1 freeway and stopped to see if he could help.

“When I put my feet on the gas I heard a loud noise. My feet was numb, my leg, and I never feel anything and I couldn’t press the gas,” says Naupoto.

A good samaritan shot in the right leg, the bullet did so much damage doctors couldn’t remove it.

That woman he was worried about was Amie Lou Asuncion. She had been shot in the back and was so fearful she was being hunted down she ran across the freeway, then jumped off an overpass near Farrington High School.

“When I fell down I got up and went to Honolulu Ford. I hid in the plant in there. I waited twenty to thirty minutes,” says Asuncion.

Toby Stangel was eventually arrested in Pearl City.

His attorney doesn’t deny that his client committed the shootings, but he does question his state of mind during the spree.

If convicted Stangel could get life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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