The boy was shot in the torso and died.
The five teenagers were injured. One, a 16-year-old, was shot in the head. The others were shot in the leg, groin and torso. The 12-year-old boy’s father was not injured.
The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams said investigators do not know if the shooting was gang-related.
“We don’t know exactly what spurred this, what happened, but definitely, our hearts go out to the family of the victims here,” Williams told reporters at a news conference Friday night, adding later: “The only thing we have right now is that kids crossed paths and shots were fired.”
Police believe the suspects are also juveniles, Williams said.
No arrests have been made.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the boy as Abdel Latif Bashiti, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
His death shocked a family that was just hosting relatives from out of town for Thanksgiving a day earlier. Friends of the family told the Plain Dealer that Abdel was helping his father at the store the night he was killed.
The Washington Post was unable to reach the boy’s immediate family Saturday, but his aunt, Rashan Bashiti, described Abdel as someone who loved sports and enjoyed playing with his family and cousins in an interview with the Plain Dealer.
Bashiti said he liked to go to the store to spend time with his father.
“He was just one of the most lovable kids you’d ever meet,” Mohammad Mator, Abdel’s father’s friend, told the paper.
The boy’s death came as Cleveland continues to see a growing number of homicides in recent years.
The city found itself at the center of nationwide protests against police brutality in 2014, when a white police officer shot and killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African American boy. A grand jury in 2015 declined to bring criminal charges against former Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann.
The police department fired Loehmann earlier this year after an investigation concluded that he withheld details of his past employment.