Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted Tuesday evening that “a young woman tragically lost her life” and asked that residents remain calm as investigators gather the facts. He said there is police body camera footage of the deadly shooting.
A 911 caller reported that a female was trying to stab the caller, and then the caller hung up, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
The Columbus Branch of the NAACP released a statement on their Twitter page: Another Black child was killed by the police. Our condolences to the family and loved ones of Ma’khia Bryant.”
The family said it was the 16-year-old shot and killed who made the 911 call because girls were fighting outside her foster house. An aunt told the Dispatch that the teen had a knife for self-defense but insists she dropped it before she was shot. Police have not confirmed those reports.
Demonstrators with Black Lives Matter signs joined a crowd gathered Tuesday night behind crime scene tape near the shooting scene, with about 50 people arriving by 8:30 p.m., the newspaper reported.
A crowd of demonstrators Tuesday night also gathered outside of the Columbus Division of Police downtown headquarters and then were marching through the streets. They were chanting “say her name, Ma’Khia Bryant.”