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15-year-old boy shot and killed following 'altercation' in Akron

Authorities have identified an individual they are calling a 'person of interest,' but have yet to reveal their identity.

AKRON, Ohio — A 15-year-old boy is dead following a shooting on Akron's southwest side late Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses told police an "altercation" took place just after 5:30 p.m. on the 1000 block of Biruta Street and "quickly escalated," resulting in the teen being shot. Officers administered first aid and he was rushed from the scene via ambulance, but later died from his injuries at Akron Children's Hospital.

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Detectives believe the altercation that led to the killing involved at least two other people, and authorities have since identified an individual they are calling a "person of interest." However, they currently have no one in custody nor have they released the name of any possible suspects.

The victim has been identified as Jerry Davis by the Summit County Medical Examiner. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso and the case has been ruled a homicide.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to either call the Akron Police Department's detective bureau at (330) 375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at (330) 434-2677. In addition, tips can also be texted to 274637 using the word "TIPSCO." Both texters and callers can remain anonymous.

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