A 13-year-old boy carrying a toy gun in his hand was injured after he was shot by a Baltimore police officer on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, the boy was holding a “replica gun.” The victim sustained non life threatening injuries to a “lower extremity,” Davis added. The weapon that the boy was holding was a spring air-powered BB gun.
Two Baltimore police officers approached the boy at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The boy was carrying a replica of a semi-automatic pistol in his hand. When the officers approached the boy, he ran “a good 150 yards and had every opportunity to drop the gun,” David said.
Subsequently, the police officers fired their service weapons. “I don’t know why that young man chose to fled,” Davis said, who also added, “I’ve got two 13-year-old twins myself at home.”
The picture of the weapon the boy was holding, released by the police, appeared to be a Daisy brand PowerLine Model 340 spring-air pistol.
Admitting that he may have accidentally taken the weapon to be a real firearm, he said, “I looked at it myself today, I stood right over top of it, I put my own eyes on it. It’s an absolute, identical replica semiautomatic pistol. Those police officers had no way of knowing that it was not, in fact, an actual firearm. It looks like a firearm.”
The mother of the victim, Volanda Young, identified her son as Dedric Colvin, who is a student at eighth grade in City Springs Middle School, as reported by the Baltimore Sun. Young said her son was shot once in the shoulder and the leg. She had been taken in for questioning. According to Davis, the mother was aware that the boy had left home carrying a replica gun, which she described to the police as a “BB gun,” Huffington Post reports.
Davis said that the “Baltimore Police Department is tasked” with investigating any individual who “poses a public safety threat to our community.”
No officers were injured in the incident, FOX Baltimore reports.
On the same day, the city observed the first anniversary of the Freddy Gray riots. The death of Gray, a 25-year-old man who died while in police custody, elicited unrest and demonstrations throughout the city. Six police officers were charged in Gray’s death.
Earlier this week, the city of Cleveland settled the case of 2014 Tamir Rice shooting for $6 million. Twelve-year-old Rice was carrying a toy gun when he was fatally shot by a police officer.