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Police: Fatal shooting victim was Waltham High School student

Posted by Doug Saffir  March 21, 2014 12:32 AM

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Update 1:49p.m.: The Middlesex District Attorney and Waltham Police Chief Keith MacPherson released a joint statement today, confirming the fatal shooting of Tyler Zanco, 17.

"At approximately 10:08 p.m. Thursday evening, Waltham Police responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot at 31 Middlesex Circle. Upon their arrival, police discovered a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot.

"The victim, Tyler Zanco, 17, of Waltham, was transported to Newtown Wellesley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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"No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. However, at this point, authorities do no believe this was a random attack."

Waltham Public School Superintendent Susan Nicholson also released a statement this afternoon:

It was with great sadness that we were informed of the tragic death of one of our students. Staff and students at Waltham High School and in the district mourn the profound loss of a member of our high school. As a school community, we have come together to support one another during this difficult time.

School adjustment counselors, guidance counselors, and support personnel from outside of the district are working with our students and staff. A ConnectEd call was sent to parents and guardians earlier today. In consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education we have postponed today’s scheduled MCAS. We have encouraged all students to seek out an adult if they feel confused, unsafe, or simply need to talk to someone.

After school events will occur today and support staff will be available for our students. Please note that MCAS will be re-scheduled late next week.

Resources for students, families, and staff will be posted on the district website. We encourage all families to access them and use them as a vehicle to discuss and process thoughts and feelings.

Waltham High School will be open tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. We will have support personnel available to meet with students and families from any of the schools in the district.

Waltham High School’s students and staff and in fact the entire school district are known for being caring and supportive. Together we will get through this tragedy.

Original story:

Police are investigating a shooting death at an apartment complex in Waltham late Thursday night, the second incident of gunplay in the neighborhood since November.

Wicked Local Waltham is reporting that the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. at the Gardencrest Apartments complex and that there was a heavy police presence.

The victim appeared to have been shot in the parking lot, and suffered life-threatening injuries.

At about midnight, several cruisers and some unmarked vehicles were still at the scene. About 10 officers were in sight looking around the area.

WBZ has since reported that investigators confirmed the shooting was a homicide.

It is the second shooting in the area in the past four months - in November, Kayla Spangenberg, 20, of Brighton was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a 20-year-old man near the apartment complex.

His injuries were not life-threatening.

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