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US police shoot 12-year-old holding toy gun

An investigation has been launched after police in Cleveland, Ohio, shot dead 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he held a toy gun.

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Boy shot by US police named as 12-year-old Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice was holding a toy gun when he was shot in Ohio. Credit: Facebook

A 12-year-old boy shot dead by police in America has been named as Tamir Rice.

Officers in Cleveland, Ohio, opened fire on the youngster in a children's playground after reports he had a gun.

The 911 caller is said to have told police they did not believe the weapon was real. It later emerged it was a toy pellet gun.

Most pellet guns have bright orange tips so they are not confused with real guns but police said this had been removed.

Tamir was shot in the abdomen and underwent emergency surgery but died in hospital on Sunday.

The two officers involved in the incident have been placed on leave while an investigation is carried out.

The shooting is the second incident to shake the city over the weekend. On Friday police said four people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed.

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