A 23-year-old woman named Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by police, as reported by the Baltimore County Government website. Gains’ 5-year-old son, also shot, is expected to survive, reports the Baltimore Sun. However, what’s making the rounds online about Gaines is the hunt for Korryn’s social media accounts, which were reportedly deleted prior to Korryn being killed after Baltimore Police sought Gaines out for traffic violations. That hasn’t stopped videos like the below ones from making the rounds on Twitter.
The below video is titled “Video of
#KorrynGaines and her son,” which was uploaded to Twitter on August 2, at 12:39 a.m. The video shows a little boy speaking with an unknown woman, purported to be Korryn. The video appears to be a video taken from a social media page with the name “Korryn Gaines” listed on it, which appears to be a Facebook account. If the video displays the voice of Gaines, Korryn is the woman who asks who is at the door.
Update: More videos of Korryn’s prior interactions with police are appearing on Twitter, such as the following videos. Also, the full NSFW video of Gaines’ traffic stop is on Heavy.
Voices — those potentially of police authorities — can be heard in the background as the little boy responds that the police are outside. It sounds as if the authorities ask Korryn if her phone has charged or if Gaines will respond to charges and she responds by saying, “Sergeant!” The man says he was sorry, as if to say he couldn’t hear or understand Gaines’ response.
“I’m sorry, did I hear you say no?”
Korryn says “It’s good” to authorities as a means of Gaines potentially stating she was fine where she was. Korryn asks the young boy if he wants to go outside — and, clearly afraid, the little boy says no. The little boy says that police want to kill them.
Another video purports to show the SWAT team at Korryn’s door. Warning: The video shows a brief view of language that might be offensive to some viewers — along with the following video containing NSFW language.
As reported Heavy, which has plenty of Twitter reactions to Korryn’s death, the 23-year-old hairstylist had active Facebook and Instagram accounts that were deleted.
As of this writing, the online Facebook videos on the video tab of the social media network are news reports of Gaines’ death, not from Korryn’s actual Facebook account, which could not be located.
According to the website of Baltimore County, police were threatened by Gaines, who claimed she had a “long gun.” Korryn was pronounced dead at the scene after a standoff that lasted for hours. The report claims it isn’t known how the 5-year-old boy was shot.
Korryn Shandawn Gaines was the full name of the woman from the block of Sulky Court.
Rest in peace to my step-cousin Korryn Gaines. I'm so sorry your baby girl & boy have to live w/o a mother. pic.twitter.com/l9T1EoPy4s— Taylor Champ (@tchampp) August 2, 2016
The three unnamed police officers came to serve arrest warrants on Gaines and a man. Korryn’s warrant was for a “failure to appear” from resisting arrest charges, along with disorderly conduct charges and traffic violations. Cops gained access to the apartment using a key — and claimed that Korryn pointed a long gun at one of them, causing them to retreat.
Video of this evening's press conference about the police involved shooting in Randallstown is now on YouTube. https://t.co/orQu4k1qHy— BACO Public Safety (@BACOPoliceFire) August 2, 2016
Gaines remained inside with her 5-year-old son while the man fled with a 1-year-old baby. From approximately 9:20 a.m. until about 3 p.m., negotiations were attempted, claimed police — who also claimed Korryn threatened their lives.
“If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you.”
That’s when police say one officer fired at Korryn, with claims that Gaines returned fire. No police officers were struck, but Korryn was shot multiple times and died. Whereas social media is crying out for the body cam footage, the government website says the bodycam program is new in the area.
“It is not yet clear if any of the officers involved in this event were equipped with body-worn cameras; BCoPD’s camera program is weeks old, and few officers have been assigned cameras at this early stage of the program.”
The uproar on Facebook surrounding Korryn’s death comes from outrage that Gaines’ 5-year-old son was also shot in the melee. The Facebook page titled “Legalize Being Black” expressed doubt about the official account of the standoff as expressed during the police conference.
“#KorrynGaines. 23 y/o mom. Just shot and killed by police in Baltimore. Her 5 year old son was also shot and is in the hospital. Friends tell me she regularly documented police abuse in the city and that her Facebook videos right before police killed her have been deleted. At this point I am not really believing any of the police narrative. Lord help this young woman’s family.”
[Photo by Gail Burton/AP Images]