BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police have identified a man who was fatally shot in front of his children Thursday morning in Northeast Baltimore as a Department of Public Works employee.

Police are asking for public assistance in finding a person of interest.

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Jake Rogers, 34, was found shot about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the yard of a home on Holder Avenue, according to the Baltimore Police Department. He later died of his injuries at a hospital.

Rogers was getting his three kids in the van to go to school when neighbors said they heard about five gunshots.

Neighbor Tracy Stover’s wife grabbed Rogers crying children from the van when it happened.

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“By the second or third [shot] I realized it wasn’t a cap or anything like that, that it was a gun,” Stover said. “She ran over there to the van and grabbed the kids, she was handing me the kids I was trying to get them in the door while the commotion was going on.”

Police confirmed Rogers was an employee of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. The city agency could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Police have released an image of a person of interest in the shooting wearing all black, who was reportedly last seen running north on Holder Avenue.

Homicide detectives are investigating Rogers’ shooting as a murder. No details about a possible motive have been released.

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Anyone with information about Rogers’ killing is asked to call police at 410-396-2100. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

CBS Baltimore Staff