2 Young men shot, killed while sitting in carPosted: Updated:
MESA, Ariz. – Two older teenage boys were shot and killed while sitting in their car in a Mesa neighborhood overnight and police do not think it was a random act of violence.
It happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. in the Parkwood Ranch neighborhood near Signal Butte Road and Southern Avenue.
Police have identified the victims as Tyler Webster, 18, and Olek Wladyszewski, 19.
Officers said the two were sitting inside a car parked on the corner of Cheshire and Farmdale Avenue. Detective Mike Melendez of the Mesa Police Department said both Webster and Wladyszewski are residents of Mesa, but neither one currently lives in the community. Police do not know what they were doing parked on that corner.
Webster called 911 at about 1:15 a.m. and told the dispatcher he and his friend had been shot.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found Wladyszewski in the driver's seat, slumped over the wheel of the parked car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Webster, who was in the passenger seat, was badly wounded -- incoherent, but alive. He was air-lifted to a local hospital where he later died.
Investigators were able to talk briefly with Webster before he was transported to the hospital.
According Melendez, Webster gave them a vague description of the suspect -- a Hispanic male in his 20s. Officers did not have any other information about the suspect nor do they know what led up to the shooting.
It’s not clear at this point if the victims might have been acquainted with the suspect. Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting and they have very little concrete information.
Melendez said detectives believe the shooter was outside the vehicle. According to 3TV’s photographer on the scene, the car’s windows were rolled down and there did not appear to be any bullet holes.
Detectives were getting a search warrant to allow them to take a closer look inside that car.
Webster graduated from Red Mountain High School in 2010. Wladyszewski attended Red Mountain through fall 2009. He was in the 12th grade when he left the Mesa Public Schools system.
Webster was a student at Arizona State University.
A vigil was held for Webster and Wladyszewski Wednesday evening. Webster's mother was at the gathering and said she hoped somebody would come forward to help police find her son's killer.
Anyone who might have information about Wednesday morning's deadly double shooting is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.