AKRON, Ohio (WJW) – A 12-year-old boy was killed and a 6-year-old was critically injured after a crash and gunfire during a funeral procession in Akron Thursday afternoon.

Akron police are trying to determine who pulled the trigger and what prompted such violence during a time of mourning.

The procession was heading northbound on South Arlington Road at 6th Avenue where two cars collided just before 3 p.m.

“I heard the car crash, so I ran out. There was a funeral going by at the time and I’m not sure how the car accident was caused, but the next thing I know, we heard gunshots,” said Mackenzie Smallfield, who lives nearby.

“The collision occurs, one of the children was ejected, the other was partially ejected. There was at least one adult female driver, I’m not sure of the other occupant,” said Akron police Lt. Michael Miller. “Immediately after the children were ejected, there was a shot fired by someone. We don’t know who.”

The children were taken to Akron Children’s Hospital, where the 12-year old was pronounced dead and the 6-year-old was listed in critical condition.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday identified the 12-year-old boy as Tymar Allen of Akron. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

Akron police say the man driving the other vehicle, a Chrysler 200, ran away from the scene right after the crash.

“One of the cars appeared to try to make westbound turn, while the two vehicles collided during that attempt to make a westbound turn,” said Lt. Miller.

“Then, about five or ten minutes later, we heard about twelve shots being let off,” recalled Smallfield.

“Within minutes of the police arriving and setting up the crime scene, tape, etc., one block west, there were additional shots fired. We don’t believe entirely, directly related to this. We don’t know the motive behind that, what role it has or plays in this incident,” said Lt. Miller.

According to Akron police, the funeral procession was for a 17-year-old boy who had died from a drug overdose. The procession, several blocks long, was being led by a marked police cruiser. 

Witnesses told investigators the car the children were riding in was driving erratically.

“It’s been reported that one or more occupants of one of the vehicles was said to be hanging out of the car or extending themselves out of the car,” Miller said.

Police say both cars involved were part of the procession.

“They were en route to memorialize and bury someone they love… The family of that young man and during this incident, another young man lost his life, and it could not be worse, more tragic for not only this family, but this community as well,” said Lt. Miller.

A 19-year old man took himself to Summa Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but it is unclear what connection he has to the incident.

Police are also trying to locate the driver who ran from the scene.

Investigators are also waiting for the Summit County medical examiner’s report to determine whether the 12-year-old died from crash injuries or whether he was struck by the bullet that was fired.

The funeral home handling the 17-year-old’s proceedings declined comment to FOX 8 on Friday.