13-Year-Old Chased and Shot by Baltimore Police for Having a Toy Gun

13-Year-Old Chased and Shot by Baltimore Police for Having a Toy Gun



A 13-year-old Baltimore boy was shot by the local police on April 27, 2016. The 13-year-old was spotted on the streets by East Baltimore police officers Wednesday evening, carrying a toy gun. The Baltimore Sun reported that the police saw the boy and chased after him, as they were unable to discern whether he was carrying a real weapon or a replica. One of the officers, while in pursuit of the child, fired his weapon, wounding him. The boy was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident occurred on the 1100 block of E. Baltimore Street, near the McKim Community Center and basketball courts. The street is closed from Lloyd Street and North Central Avenue. Coincidentally, the police shooting happened just as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was attending an event in West Baltimore to mark the public tumult that happened right after Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died of injuries sustained in police custody.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis stated to the Sun, that he didn’t believe the officers had acted inappropriately, as they hadn’t known whether the gun was real or not. Davis confirmed that the 13-year-old’s mother had also been taken into questioning, he told the media outlets at the scene, the mother had known her son had left the house with the toy.

By Juanita Lewis


The Baltimore Sun: 13-year-old with replica weapon shot by police in East Baltimore
CBS:13-Year-Old With Replica Gun Shot By a Baltimore Police Officer

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