13-year-old Tyre King was shot and killed by police after pulling out a BB gun.
According to CNN, the incident began Wednesday evening. A man had told Columbus, Ohio police that a group had pulled a gun on him and stole his money.
The officers went searching for the group of armed robbers and found three men, including King, who matched their descriptions.
King and one of the other suspects ran from police. The officers eventually caught up to them and tried to arrest them in an alley. King then pulled a BB gun out of his waistband, which greatly resembled the type of gun Columbus police carry.
Officer Bryan Mason, a nine-year veteran of the police force, then shot King several times after seeing the BB gun. King later died in a hospital.
Now, Mason has been placed on a week-long leave while an investigation takes place.
Since King is black and Mason is white, some believe that race could have had something to do with the shooting.
However, Mayor Andrew Ginther said this should be a “call to action for our entire community.” He also questioned why a boy of King’s age would have a BB gun that greatly resembles an actual gun.
“Why is it that a 13-year-old would have nearly an exact replica of a police firearm on him in our neighborhoods — an eighth-grader involved in very, very dangerous conduct in one of our neighborhoods?” Ginther said.
“A 13-year-old is dead in the city of Columbus because of our obsession with guns,” he added.
With all the police brutality and violent crimes against the African-American community going on today, it is only right that officials thoroughly investigate this situation. Hopefully, this issue will bring even more awareness to the major gun obsession, which Mayor Ginther discussed, that is plaguing our nation today.
It seems as though that those affected by gun violence are getting younger and younger in each case, so our lawmakers need to step up and do something about this before more lives are lost.