The standoff with police started Monday morning over a months-old traffic violation and ended hours later in a hail of bullets. When it was all over, police had shot and killed Korryn Gaines, a 23-year-old black woman. A five-year-old boy believed to be her son was also shot, but is expected to survive. Now people are questioning why it had to happen in the first place and whether videos Gaines posted to Facebook during the incident were deleted.
Here’s what we know so far.
Around 9:20 a.m. on Monday, police arrived at an apartment complex in Baltimore County to serve a warrant on Gaines and a man. Gaines was wanted on traffic violations as well as resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges from March; the man was wanted on assault charges.
According to authorities, police knocked on their door several times and heard a man and woman talking as well as a child crying. No one answered. They got a key from the landlord and opened the door. That’s when they saw Gaines sitting on the ground holding a five-year-child in one arm and a long gun in the other, according to The Washington Post. At the same time, a man ran out of the apartment holding a one-year-old child. He was arrested.
A standoff ensued. Police said she pointed the gun at them multiple times. Around 3 p.m., according to the Baltimore Sun, Gaines pointed the gun at officers and said, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you.”
An officer then fired at Gaines. She fired two shots, but didn’t hit an officer.
“We discharged one round at her,” Police Chief James Johnson told reporters on Monday night. “In return, she fired several rounds back at us. We fired again at her, striking and killing her.”
Gaines was hit several times, according to the Associated Press, and pronounced dead at the scene. The boy—who is Gaines’ child, her uncle told the Baltimore Sun—was hit in a limb. It’s unclear whether the bullet that struck him came from Gaines or the police.
It’s also unclear whether police were wearing body cameras, which they’d recently put into use.
Gaines is the ninth black women killed by police this year, according to The Washington Post. Her death, which comes roughly a month after the police killings of Philando Castille near St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has sparked a strong reaction, particularly from members of the Black Lives Matter movement. Baltimore is also where Freddie Gray, a black man, was killed while in police custody.
Questions have also arose over whether Gaines posted videos of herself and the boy during the standoff to Facebook. Those videos, people on Twitter allege, were removed from her Facebook account. It’s unclear whether this is true. On Twitter—where Korryn Gaines was the top trending topic on Tuesday afternoon—people have posted video they claim she shared during the standoff. They also questioned why she had to die and called on people to “say her name.”
Authorities in Baltimore County are expected to release the names of the officers involved in the shooting sometime this week. They’re also expected to release more details of the incident.