In the two-minute clip, Kodi Gaines recalls what happened the day his mother was shot and killed by Baltimore police
In the two-minute clip, the five-year-old reveals startling details about what has become yet another controversial police shooting.
“The police kicked the door down…and I was hiding in the closet,” Kodi begins. He then came out of the closet with his mother.
“I was sitting next to my mother and then we were sitting out there, and then the police didn’t want us to go to our rooms,” Kodi recounts.
He goes on to say he chose to stay with his mother during the standoff—all of which was caught on camera and posted on Korryn’s Instagram account.
The most shocking details come from Kodi’s account of the actual shooting.
“My mother said back off…so the police said, “We is back up”. So then they started shooting. Then she went on the couch.” Kodi says. “And then the police just took me. She died. The end.”
Kodi is asked by the woman in the video, “So they shot my sister?”
“Yes,” Kodi says plainly.
When asked about his injuries, Kodi says, “They saw me run and they hurt my arm.”
It is reported this video is a compilation of clips originally posted on Instagram by Korryn’s cousin. She has since made her profile private.
Initial reports of the fatal shooting did not specify whether Korryn’s son was in fact shot by police or Korryn herself. On Friday, the Baltimore County Police released a statement confirming that the tactical team had in fact injured the child.
“As a result of an additional medical procedure performed today at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore County Police believe that a round fired by a tactical officer struck Kodi Gaines, the 5-year-old who suffered non life-threatening injuries in Monday’s police-involved shooting in Randallstown,” county police reported in their public statement.
This newly-released video of Kodi’s account suggests his injuries were intentional.
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