76-Year-Old Man Shot, Killed While Driving Out Of SE OKC Apartment Complex


Friday, June 11th 2021, 5:16 pm
By: Jennifer Pierce


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Oklahoma City police are looking for whoever fired shots on Friday killing a 76-year-old man pulling out of a metro apartment complex. The victim's son was also in the car and survived the violent gun attack.

Investigators identified the victim as Edward Akufo, he celebrated his 76th birthday the day before he died.

At this time, police are not sure if the shooting was random or if the victim and his son were intended targets. 

Residents of the Sunnyview Apartments near Southeast 44th and Sunnylane Road heard the gunshots around 4 a.m. on Friday.

“My windows right there. I heard a pow, pow, pow,” resident Larry Theriot said. “Went to the bathroom, got up and was like (expletive) what’s going on here? I didn’t hear nobody drive off or nothing.”

Police said the only car involved belonged to Akufo. He was behind the wheel and his son in the passenger seat when someone fired shots at the car just as the men were leaving the complex.

Akufo's son told police his father died slumped over the steering wheel.

Neighbors watched in shock as investigators processed the scene several hours after Akufo was killed.

“It’s kind of crazy cause that’s the first time I’ve seen a body, was sitting right there,” resident Travon Jackson said. “

Investigators are now on the search for a suspect or suspects and a motive.

“The investigation is ongoing. We don’t have any arrests at this time,” Oklahoma City Police Department Sgt. Dillon Quirk said.  

The deadly shooting happened only weeks after another violent shooting in a nearby neighborhood. A home security camera caught a drive-by shooting that left an 18-year-old girl in critical condition. The shooting remains unsolved.

Read: Video: Innocent Teen Shot 8 Times, Caught In Middle Of Brutal Drive-By Shooting In SE OKC

“It’s unclear at this time if those incidents are related or not,” Quirk said. 

Police did question Akufo's son but did not say if he was able to give them more details about the shooter.

If you have any information that could help investigators solve this crime, call the homicide tip line at 405-297-1200.