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13-year-old with replica semi-automatic gun shot by police in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE- A teenage boy is shot by a Baltimore City Police Officer after he was seen carrying a replica for a semi-automatic pistol, according to FOX45.

The shooting happened around 4PM Wednesday afternoon near a community center in South-East Baltimore.

Two officers approached the 13-year-old  and he fled, according to Commissioner Kevin Davis.  Davis says that prompted the officers to fire their service weapons.

The boy was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive non-life threatening injuries.

The police commissioner said the boy’s mother was questioned and that she knew he’d left home with a replica weapon.

The commissioner also said there was no reason to believe the officers acted inappropriately.

The Baltimore Sun reports the shooting occurred during an event to mark the year anniversary of the riots following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.