Victims of Mesa Shootings Identified; Victim Tyler Webster Was Pre-Med Student at ASU
The Mesa Police Department has identified the two victims in this morning's shootings, one of whom was a pre-med student at Arizona State University.
They are 18-year-old Tyler Webster and Olek Wladyszewski, 19.
Webster's Facebook page lists him as a pre-med student majoring in bio-chemistry at ASU. Wladyszewski was a member of the more than 100,000-person strong Facebook group "People Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio."
It's not often that a pre-med student gets caught up in a non-random shooting. However, Mesa Detective Mike Melendez tells New Times, "At this time, there is nothing to indicate that this is a random crime."
About 1:15 this morning, Webster called Mesa police to report that both he and Wladyszewski were shot as they sat in his car as it was parked near Southern Avenue and Crismon Road.
Melendez says neither of the teens livedin that area, and it's unclear what they were doing parked there.
When police got to the scene, they found Wladyszewski -- who was in the driver's seat of his friend's car at the time -- dead. Webster, who reported the shooting to police, was unresponsive. He was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center in critical condition. He was pronounced dead shortly after.
Before dying, Webster described the shooter as a Hispanic man in his 20s.
That suspect is still on the loose.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
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