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12-year-old killed in officer-involved shooting at Cleveland rec center identified

The shooting happened at Cudell Rec Center in Cleveland. (Source: Google Maps) The shooting happened at Cudell Rec Center in Cleveland. (Source: Google Maps)
Police investigating at the scene. (Source: WOIO) Police investigating at the scene. (Source: WOIO)
Police recovered this gun, which turned out to be an "airsoft" type replica gun resembling a semi-automatic pistol, with the orange safety indicator removed. (Source: WOIO) Police recovered this gun, which turned out to be an "airsoft" type replica gun resembling a semi-automatic pistol, with the orange safety indicator removed. (Source: WOIO)
A memorial has begun where the boy was shot. (Source: WOIO) A memorial has begun where the boy was shot. (Source: WOIO)
The 12-year-old boy has been identified as Tamir Rice. (Source: Attorney Timothy J. Kucharski) The 12-year-old boy has been identified as Tamir Rice. (Source: Attorney Timothy J. Kucharski)

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has identified the 12-year-old boy as Tamir E. Rice.

MetroHealth Medical Center confirmed that Tamir died as a result of his injuries. Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, has obtained an attorney, who from this point will be speaking as the family's representative.  

Original Story:

Cleveland Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting at a Cleveland rec center on Saturday afternoon. Cleveland EMS says a 12-year-old boy was shot and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center with serious injuries. According to his mother, Samaria Rice, the boy is now in critical condition after being shot in the stomach. He is currently in surgery.

The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. at Cudell Rec Center located at 1910 West Boulevard. The facility has been taped off while units investigate, including the Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team. 

Cleveland Police say officers responded to a radio assignment outside of the rec center for a male with a gun. Preliminary information reveals that witnesses reported a male was in the playground area of the center, waving a gun and pointing it at people. 

Police say when officers arrived, they located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands. However, the suspect did not comply with the officers' orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso. 

"The young man had the weapon in his waistband. He pulled the weapon out. One of our officers fired two shots, striking the young man," said Deputy Chief Ed Tomba with Cleveland Police.

Tomba said the boy did not make any verbal threats towards police, and there was no confrontation. The boy did not point the gun at officers.

Further information from police reveals the weapon was an "airsoft" type replica gun, resembling a semi-automatic pistol, with the orange safety indicator removed. 

According to police, one officer was transported to Fairview Hospital for treatment of an ankle injury. 

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office was on scene for this investigation, which is ongoing. Police say both officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, as is protocol in officer-involved shooting incidents. 

According to Rice, they live across the street from the rec center. She says two young men came to her residence to say her son was shot. When she ran over to the scene, police would not let her through. Rice says police told her the boy had a gun and that he was shot by police.

However, Rice says her son did not have access to a gun in the home. She says if he did get a gun, it would have had to have come from a friend or someone on the street.She says she still does not understand why her son was shot.

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