Police monitoring area where 16-year-old shot, killed

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in north Toledo Sunday afternoon.

The shooting happened at Walnut Street and Peck Street at around 3 p.m.

Shelton Hicks, 16, was standing outside when several young men rode up on bikes. Hicks was shot by one of those males and rushed Mercy St. Vincent's where he later died.

According to the Lucas County Coroner's Office, Hicks died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

The shooting happened by Sherman Elementary School.

This is the 7th teen this year whose life was cut short by gun violence in Toledo. Police say they're doing their best to predict what will happen next.

"Who's mad at who and where the violence is likely to occur but sometimes it's just impossible for us to know when and where something is going to happen and why somebody would do such a horrible thing," said Lt. Joe Heffernan.

Lucas County Juvenile Prosecutor Lori Olender says this is the most teen violence she's seen in 10 years.

Olender says the problem starts with some of these kids getting involved with gangs and drugs. She says she doesn't see it changing anytime soon.

"There's a lot of social processes that need to be done to maybe educate parents in areas where gangs are prevalent to try to keep their kids from just becoming a part of that situation to begin with," Olender said.

According to a TPS spokesperson Patty Mazur, Hicks has been a student at Phoenix Academy, a TPS sponsored Charter School, for the past two years.

Police said they are searching for four black males on bikes. One of the suspects is known to be armed.

Sam, a man who heard the gunshots, said he's tired of the city violence involving kids.

"They're loosing it. Don't know what will help them. We played outside when we were kids, went outside and played football and everything. They don't do that these days. They don't play basketball. All they talk about is banging and shooting, smoking this and smoking that," Sam said.

Police Lt. Joe Heffernan said it is unclear what caused the shooting.

"We don't have a motive in the latest shooting of Hicks. Hopefully once we get a little bit more information coming in and develop some suspect information, we'll be able to determine what the motive is," Lt. Heffernan said.

This shooting gives Toledo 18 homicides on the year. Police are monitoring the area where the shooting occurred.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestopper at (419)-255-1111.

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