Tamir E. Rice, of Cleveland, died at MetroHealth Medical Center early Sunday morning after a Cleveland police officer shot him outside the Cudell Recreation Center on West Boulevard, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a release.
The 12-year-old child had a toy BB gun with the orange safety indicator removed. According to witnesses, the boy was in the playground area of the center, playing with the toy gun and allegedly pointing it at people.
In a 911 call released by the police, a man reported that “a guy” was pulling a gun out of his pants and scaring people, but the caller said twice that the gun was “probably fake.”
“There is a guy with a pistol,” the caller said. “It’s probably fake, but he’s pointing it at everybody.”
The shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. at the Cudell Recreation Center on the city’s west side, officials said. Deputy Chief Ed Tomba of the Cleveland police said on Saturday that the boy had not threatened the officers or pointed the weapon at them.