BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Locals rallied in Baltimore City on Saturday in support of the family of Korryn Gaines.
The rally, organized by the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly, went from McKeldin Square in Downtown Baltimore, to Baltimore County Police substation in Randallstown. Gaines’ cousin, along with other family and friends spoke.
The People’s Power Assembly posted on social media that the rally was being held today, as this weekend marks the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington.
Corporal Shawn Vinson with Baltimore County Police tells WJZ that 18 protesters did protest peacefully in front of the Baltimore County Police substation on Liberty Road. “The protestors did speak with police. It was mostly peaceful, there were no incidents that resolved out of this situation,” he said.
Police were there to serve arrest warrants for 23-year-old Gaines and her boyfriend, 39-year-old Kareem Kiean Courtney, and they say they ended up in a 7-hour armed standoff with Gaines.
She had a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun, according to police, and her 5-year-old son was with her in the house.
It was shortly after 4 p.m., when Gaines pointed her gun and made verbal threats at the officers who were attempting to negotiate with her, that a tactical officer fired the first shot at her, according to police.
Gaines then returned fire, but no officers were struck.
Officers then fired back, hitting and killing Gaines. When officers went to render aid, they noticed that the 5-year-old boy, Gaines’s son Kodi, was also struck. Kodi was hospitalized but only sustained non-life-threatening injuries.