AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — Akron police are investigating after a 16-year-old boy was shot to death in broad daylight Saturday.

Officers say it happened on Dodge Avenue at around 5 p.m.

Jacob Hamm says he was in his car on the way home from work when he noticed a commotion starting at a nearby gas station on that road.

“They started arguing in the gas station. Things start escalating quickly,” explained Hamm. 

What Hamm heard next, will stay with him for the rest of his life. 

“It just stopped me right away. I was just like …. wow … is that seriously what just happened? Just boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Seven gunshots just go off and it’s just like, why?” he said.

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According to a statement from police, the victim and at least three other unknown males were walking southbound when the victim became involved in an altercation with one of the subjects, who allegedly pulled a handgun and shot the victim several times. 

The suspect and the other males, who appeared to be juveniles, reportedly fled the scene on foot after the shooting, police say.

When officers arrived minutes after the shooting, they say they found the teen unresponsive in front of a home in the 100 block of Dodge Avenue.  

The victim was pronounced dead on the scene, police say. He’s been identified as Jamarian Coffey. He was previously reported missing and featured on FOX 8 last year.

No arrests have been made, but detectives are working to identify the subjects involved. Those with any information are asked to reach out to the police.

Hamm told FOX 8 he hopes whoever did this, is brought justice. 

“Why would you do that? You shot a kid that is literally not even out of high school yet. Not even out of high school,” shared Hamm. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (330)434-2677.