ATLANTA - Detectives are searching for the person who shot and killed a 16-year-old boy as he walked down the street.
Police said the shooting happened at around 10 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Lake Valley Road and Hemphill School Road.
Family members identified the victim as 16-year-old Jaquan Strozier. Family members still don't have too many details.
Channel 2 learned the student was walking to his mother's home when he was shot.
Investigators said officers got a call of multiple shots fired on the dead-end street in northwest Atlanta.
His mom called 911, but it was too late.
The Atlanta police homicide commander said Strozier suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died at Grady Memorial Hospital.
The crime scene unit collected more than a dozen bullet casings.
Michiko Williams, who knows Strozier, said she heard the gunshot that killed him.
"It was like one big boom, uh huh, a loud gunshot," Williams said. "I told my man, 'There goes a gunshot,' and then a few seconds later, I heard the car speed off," Williams said.
Williams said she spoke with Strozier often.
"Every day, every single day, coming and going, coming and going," Strozier said. "I have no idea who would kill him."
Williams said her heart goes out to the family.
"Yes ma'am, it sure do. They have my deepest condolences," Williams said.
Atlanta police said they have no suspects right now and no description of any possible car that might have been involved in the homicide.
Channel 2 Action News talked with the man who mentored the teen and learned he may have been targeted.
“They say he got into a fight at school, and you know before he died, he told his mom it was from the fight," Julius George said.
George told us he knew the teen for four years.
“I would always treat him like a brother. I didn’t treat him like a little kid,” George said.
On Saturday, George said Strozier was helping clear ground for a community center for youth in the area just down the street from his home on Lake Valley Road.
“We was here Saturday. It was a wonderful event. We cleaned up the whole community yard.”
George said the family is devastated.
"It is a rough time for them. Jacquan was a good kid, and don't nobody win in this situation. Everyone loses," George said.
Investigators are asking anyone with any information to please call CrimeStoppers.
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