Waco: Victim of deadly shooting was high school student

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Waco ISD spokesperson Wednesday identified the teen found dead Tuesday afternoon as Aquarius McPhaul, a student at the McLennan County Challenge Academy.

The shooting was reported Tuesday afternoon in South Waco. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

Police began investigating after a Baylor University employee found the teen who had been shot repeatedly lying dead in a street next to Oakwood Cemetery in South Waco.

The shooting was reported just after 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 2900 block of South 4th Street.

Waco ISD released a statement Wednesday saying, "The victim of yesterday’s shooting was a student at the McLennan County Challenge Academy. As a school district, we are mourning the loss of a student to a senseless act of violence and offering support for any students who have been affected by this tragedy. We appreciate the counselors from Education Service Center Region 12 and MHMR who, along with Waco ISD counselors, were on hand today to help students."

Authorities were initially not able to identify him because he didn't have an ID or cell phone.

"He had no identification on him, no personal information of any kind on him," said Waco PD Sgt. John Allovio.

Police have sent the body off to Dallas for an autopsy.

They believe the shooting happened shortly before the Baylor maintenance worker doing his rounds drove by and found the body.

"It looked like the murder had just occurred," said Allovio.

"There are neighbors who heard gunshots but didn't see anything."

Crime scene investigators found at least 10 shell casings.

They do not believe it was a robbery and say there's no reason for the neighborhood to be alarmed.

"With the exception of a few, this is pretty much a Baylor housing area now for rentals," said Allovio. "It doesn't look like a random act."

The shooting was the second in Waco in 24 hours.

Police responded to a shooting at around 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Villages apartments at 1100 North 6th St.

The victim was taken from the shooting scene from a private vehicle whose driver called 911 from a store parking lot at North 17th Street and West Waco Drive.

The victim was transferred to an ambulance and then was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

A suspect has been identified, but had not been arrested as of early Monday evening.

Investigators do not believe the shootings are connected.