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A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot in an Oak Lane ambush with his twin sister by his side

Three men came up to the 16-year-old boy and fired at least 15 shots in front of their home on the 200 block of Fariston Drive, according to a report.

Police crime scene tape.
Police crime scene tape.Read moreALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer

A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot Tuesday night in the city’s East Oak Lane section, as he and his twin sister came home after work.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Ahjaon Jackson and his twin sister had arrived home after their 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. shift at a McDonald’s, 6ABC reported. As the twins got out of the Lyft in front of their home on the 200 block of Fariston Drive, three men came up to Jackson and fired at least 15 shots, according to the police.

Jackson was hit at least 10 times and fell to the ground, according to police. His sister ran into their house, escaping the flurry of shots. She was not injured.

In a virtual briefing on gun violence Wednesday afternoon, Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Nash said that Jackson was ambushed, with the shooters waiting for him to come home. The shooters’ motives were unclear, he said.

“There were three males that had been in the area and essentially lying in wait,” Nash said. “That tells us the young victim was targeted. We do not know at this time at all why he would have been targeted.”

Jackson was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center and was pronounced dead shortly after, police said. As of Wednesday afternoon, no arrests had been made. A gun was recovered at the scene.

Police were scouring the neighborhood for video footage of the shooting and the shooters, Nash said. Investigators were specifically looking to see if the suspects fled on foot or had a getaway car, he said.

Police released a brief description of the shooters, saying they were all males wearing black clothing and black masks. Initial interviews with other employees at the McDonald’s where the twins worked indicated the boy had no problems with anyone at the fast food restaurant, according to the 6ABC report.