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1 Person Shot, Critically Wounded As Protests Over Fatal Charlotte Police Shooting Turn Violent

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Chaos erupts in Charlotte for a second night in a row as one person was shot and and critically injured during violent protests Wednesday following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

The City of Charlotte tweeted the shooting was “civilian on civilian” and as of late Wednesday night was on life support in critical condition.

Authorities said earlier reports that the person had died were not accurate.

The shooting happened after protesters rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel on the second night of protests.

Police began firing flash grenades at protesters who were throwing fireworks at them. They then fired tear gas at the hundreds of protesters, dispersing most of the crowd.

PHOTOS: Violence Erupts In Charlotte For Second Night In Row

At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn’t immediately clear how.

“They shot him,” one witness told WBTV. “They tried to cover up his blood.”

Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance.

Officers on bicycles surrounded a pool of blood on the ground and a few people threw bottles and clods of dirt at police.

The tense standoff continued as police fired small canisters of tear gas into the protesters.

A protester told WBTV the protest was “peaceful” when police started firing tear gas into the crowd.

“They were really rude. They were even rude during our prayers,” she said.

She added that what’s happening is a sickening sight.

“It makes me feel horrible. I have a son, I work, I got to school, I do what I have to do and this pisses me off,” she said.

Protesters looted the Time Warner Cable Arena, which is the home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. They also looted the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a Buffalo Wild Wings and a Westin, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Protesters are even lighting fires in the streets.

WBTV’s chopper is capturing protesters trying to stop cars and surrounding vehicles on I-277, as it appears objects are being thrown at the cars.

The Hyatt House, a hotel in Charlotte, told WBTV that two employees were assaulted by protesters.

Public defender Toussaint Romain blamed police for the violence.

“If you were to take this camera and look all around, I don’t see the violence, man. Until the police are running at us, until they’re throwing tear gas at you and at me because that’s what happened earlier. Why’d you get tear gassed? Why did I? We weren’t being violent. But if we respond to them in a way that was frustrated and upset telling America, ‘This is enough!’, it doesn’t mean I’m violent man, it means I’ve had enough,” Romain said.

A protester even knocked down CNN reporter Ed Lavandera while he was reporting live.

“We were just doing the report and I didn’t see it coming. All I heard was someone yelling at me that I needed to ‘tell the truth’ and the next thing you know I got kind of blindsided,” Lavandera said.

The CNN reporter added a man later came up to him who claimed to be the one to knock him down and apologized to him.

“Oddly enough, there’s a guy that came up to me a few moments ago and told me was the one who knocked me out. I didn’t see the guy, but he came up to me and actually hugged me and apologized for what he had done. I asked him what had happened, what made him so angry, he didn’t really explain anything. Oddly enough, I’ve lost him now, I’m trying to find him again, kind of just another moment in this surreal evening,” Lavandera said.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts urged for an end to the riots.

“Violence will not help bring our city back together. We are urging people to stay home, stay off the street,” Roberts said, adding that she has been in touch with the White House.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said the State Highway Patrol is sending in troopers to assist the police department and declared a state of emergency.

“Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated. I support and commend the law enforcement officials for their bravery and courage during this difficult situation,” McCrory said.

CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported that tensions have reached a boiling point with two very different narratives of what went down. Scott’s family said he was reading a book in his car while waiting for his son. However, police insist Scott was armed with a gun and presented an imminent threat when he got out of the car and wouldn’t drop the weapon.

Destructive protests Tuesday that included shutting down eight-lane Interstate 85 and burning the contents of a tractor-trailer turned violent Wednesday. Along with the man shot to death, paramedics said two other people and six police officers suffered minor injuries.

Wednesday’s protest started as a downtown prayer vigil, but an angry group left the vigil and marched through downtown Charlotte.

They shouted “black lives matter” and “hands up; don’t shoot” while cursing at officers with bicycles blocking intersections. As the protesters approached the Omni hotel, officers in riot gear lined up outside arm in arm and a few marchers threw bottles and clods of dirt.

Immediately after the shooting, police began firing flash grenades and protesters threw fireworks. Police then fired tear gas, and the crowd of hundreds dispersed.

But not all the marchers left. Police in riot gear then began marching arm in arm through downtown Charlotte intersections, shooting tear gas at people who charged them.

There were hints earlier Wednesday that Charlotte would suffer a second night of destruction. As Charlotte’s white mayor and black police chief stood at City Hall and appealed for calm, African-American leaders who said they were speaking for Scott’s family held their own news conference near where he was killed Tuesday, reminding the crowd of other shootings and abuses of black men.

John Barnett, who runs a civil rights group called True Healing Under God, or THUG, warned that the video might be the only way for the police to regain the community’s trust: “Just telling us this is still under investigation is not good enough for the windows of the Wal-Mart.”

On Tuesday night, dozens of demonstrators threw rocks at police and reporters, damaged squad cars, closed part of Interstate 85, and looted and set on fire a stopped truck. Authorities used tear gas to break up the protests. Sixteen officers suffered minor injuries. One person was arrested.

The violence broke out shortly after a woman who appeared to be Scott’s daughter posted a profanity-laced, hourlong video on Facebook, saying her father had an unspecified disability and was unarmed. In the footage, she is at the cordoned-off shooting scene, yelling at officers.

“My daddy is dead!” the woman screams on the video, which has not been authenticated by The Associated Press.

On Wednesday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said: “It’s time to change the narrative, because I can tell you from the facts that the story’s a little bit different as to how it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media.”

The police chief said officers were serving arrest warrants on another person when they saw Scott get out of a vehicle with a handgun. A black plainclothes officer in a vest emblazoned “Police” shot Scott after the officer and other uniformed members of the force made “loud, clear” demands that he drop the gun, the chief said.

Putney was adamant that Scott posed a threat, even if he didn’t point his weapon at officers, and said a gun was found next to the dead man. “I can tell you we did not find a book,” the chief said.

Neighbors, though, said that the officer who fired was white and that Scott had his hands in the air.

The three uniformed officers had body cameras; the plainclothes officer did not, police said. But the chief said he cannot release the video because the investigation is still underway. No cellphone video has emerged on social media, as happened in other cases around the country.

The plainclothes officer, identified as Brently Vinson, a two-year member of the department, has been placed on leave, standard procedure in such cases.

Scott has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. Texas records showed he was convicted of evading arrest with a vehicle in 2005, and several months later, of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The unrest took many by surprise in Charlotte, the banking capital of the South with a population of 830,000 people, about 35 percent of them black. The city managed to pull through a racially charged shooting three years ago without the unrest that erupted in recent years in such places as Baltimore, Milwaukee and Ferguson, Missouri.

In 2013, Charlotte police charged one of their own, Randall Kerrick, with voluntary manslaughter days after the white officer shot an unarmed black man who had been in a wreck and was looking for help. The jury deadlocked and the charge was dropped last summer. There were a few protests but no violence.

At the apartment complex where Scott was killed, some people who said they witnessed the shooting told their version with an air of certainty even when they were hundreds of yards away.

Taheshia Williams said her balcony overlooks the shady parking spot where Scott was Tuesday afternoon. She said he often waited there for his son because a bicycle accident several years ago left him stuttering and susceptible to seizures if he stayed out in the hot sun too long.

On Tuesday, she said, Scott had only a book in his hands and was following orders.

“He got out of his car, he walked back to comply, and all his compliance did was get him murdered,” Williams said.

Protesters also took to the streets of New York City. Demonstrators gathered in Union Square and marched up to Times Square.

Police said there were arrests, but did not say how many.

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Comments

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  1. John B. says:

    Let Dylan Roof out of prison. He knows how to handle this.

    1. Vendicar Decarian says:

      “Let Dylan Roof out of prison. He knows how to handle this.” – John B

      Murder is always the solution preferred by Republicans.

      1. renojmc says:

        Really? You libs are the ones who love to butcher unborn babies! Victims don’t get anymore innocent than that.

      2. Len Delmato says:

        The fact that you could say that with a straight face while Obama’s “sons” are killing each other on a daily basis in record numbers is a joke.

      3. Mitch Rapp says:

        Yet it’s always Democrats doing the violent looting and destruction. Facts kind of destroy your little fabricated fairy tale.

      4. TreeFidy says:

        There’s not a Republican within fifty miles of Charlotte.

        1. Vicky Bevis says:

          Probably not near Asheville, either.

      5. TonyG says:

        You are NO better than the thugs in the street . . . . .

      6. Ashley West says:

        Nearly all violent crime is by the left. Nobody buys your BS moron.

      7. Bill Hodges says:

        Yes like “Peaceful protest” are the preferred method by Democrats

      8. They’re already murdering without Republicans…as HillBilly would say “what difference does it make anyway”

  2. Deplorable Infidel says:

    Rioters should loot libraries, They can carry more books than flatscreens. In a perfect world anyway.

    1. But dear leader has told us it’s easier to get a gun than a book

  3. Deplorable Infidel says:

    Visit Charlotte! Its a Democrats Sanctuary City Utopia!

  4. Homeslice says:

    “They also looted the NASCAR Hall of Fame….”

    Some chilluns gets sum nascar toys dis Krismus!

    1. to correct your ebonics/jive translation it’s ‘chitlin’s and Krimah’

  5. Deplorable Infidel says:

    The hoodrats will get away with everything. Charlotte is a sanctuary city ya know.

    1. Gotta give ’em space to destroy, dontcha know

  6. CJ Act says:

    Obama is going to have his chance to declare martial law and suspend elections if this continues to escalate. Is it possible he’s behind the riots? That’s how dictators are born.

    1. Deplorable Infidel says:

      No Way! Obama is doing everything humanly possible to stop this atrocity (sarcasm)

    2. Omalena says:

      Agree with you 100% and have been saying the same thing since at least Baltimore. Only reason Obama is pretending to back Hillary is he knows his Plan. He hates the Clinton’s and no way he wants to have a white female come after him as president, especially Hillary Clinton. He has NO plans on leaving.

  7. Rod says:

    The mayor “urged people to stay home, stay off the streets”. That oughta bring it to a screeching halt.

  8. Java says:

    What a pathetic mayor. This is the result of liberalism not racism. Thugs all inspired by mini-obama “community organizers.”

  9. Rod says:

    Soros, Obama, Clinton. They own it – all of it.

  10. Ja Ja Ugbu says:

    In an “open carry” state, a “negro” with a gun is still “an imminent threat”, and must be shot on sight! Take that, “other” americans. And stand for the anthem. You’re lucky to be in the “land of the free”!!!

    1. BeastMode says:

      You’re simple. HE was TOLD to put the gun down numerous times. The cops will find out if he is a legal owner and carry owner. It’s not hard to understand that any man who doesn’t drop a weapon when cops tell him will be shot.

    2. CJ Act says:

      Do you want a bloodbath? This will not end well if the violence continues to escalate. You’re making comments about things you can’t possibly know. How would you like it if white people were screaming he attacked a white woman and threw a rope over a tree? Who is the lynch mob now???? It’s not the white people and I HATE IT that we have to sink to this level of discussion. Your community is pushing things based on rumors and that is never a good thing. Wars are started in this way. Stop it while you can.

    3. Omalena says:

      Does not matter if it is a state that allows guns or not one does not get out of their car first unless told to by the police to get out, and secondly not with a gun in your hand, especially with a police stop.

  11. James Cobern says:

    Friggin idiots. Remember when we used to enforce the laws in this country? Traitors were hung. Looters were shot. I tell you, if we started shooting looters, just once, you would never see this crap again. Whiney liberals will say “but stuff is not worth a life.” Sorry but those thugs decided what their life was worth the second they decided to break the law. One warning, then you get shot. No exceptions. Problem solved.

  12. Frank Walker says:

    Reminds me of Baltimore; woman mayor lacking the courage to assert control. This is what happens when weak women are in charge.

    1. Omalena says:

      Weak women? You must mean liberal democrat females! As for the mayor of Baltimore I have NO doubt she took a her orders from the White House and was told by the WH to tell the cops to “stand down”. She then awarded Freddy Gray’s family $6.4 million before one cop went to trial, who none were found guilty. BTW the Baltimore decided not to run for another term. Makes me think possibly she recently “came into some money”!

  13. konc2 says:

    Yes Obama, you DID build this.

    1. Omalena says:

      Obama DID build this and ON PURPOSE!

      1. Glad to see someone else recognizes him for what he is

  14. NoMail Plez says:

    Saw a few other pictures from other news sources as well…..nice ones too.

    Along with pants sagging so low, guys literally have to live life one-handed, b/c the other is occupied holding up said pants….an additional new fashion is apparently wearing a spare t-shirt or bandana over the lower part of the face “stick’em-up” style.

    So nice to see our fine BLB youths modeling the fashions of those trendy third-world countries.

    It shows moxie and an initiative.

  15. Travelbug says:

    Maybe the thugs will burn down Panthers Stadium. Where is the Democrat Mayor Roberts? As usual, doing nothing in a crisis.

  16. Wilma Fingerdo says:

    “The shooting was “civilian on civilian.”

    PERFECT! Send all the police officers home where they can be safe…this problem will solve itself in fairly short order.

  17. I started watching Season 6 of Walking Dead on Netflix tonight. Episode 2 has the cultist group attacking the town. It is bad enough the good guys have the effing zombies to fight but now they have to fight off the sub-humans as well.

    Once again life is imitating art in Charlotte. It’s bad enough he cops have to deal with the effing career criminals pulling guns on them, now they have to fend off the effing cult of BLM.

  18. Animals, every last one of them.

  19. Will says:

    I have had enough. What is going on in Charlotte, and what happened in Baltimore, Dallas and Ferguson are nothing less than riots. We have had dozens of attacks that were nothing less than terrorism, no matter how much our Chief Executive and his press downplays them. Hillary will be a continuation of the destruction.

    Trump may be brutally honest and mean. He does love this country. Brutal, honest and mean sound like the cure to me.

  20. Deplorapotamus Rex says:

    Democrats and Soros promote this behavior.
    Obama’s legacy in action.

  21. Taheshia Williams, let me guess… the new Dorian Johnson. Question is, “Is she just as big of a liar as he was?”

  22. Jack Still says:

    Clinton instigated this with her inflammatory statements from last night and today blaming the police backed by not a single fact, now more Americans are dead because of her !Typical Clinton Disaster!

    1. Funny how reticent she was after the recent jihad bombings in NYC and NJ

  23. Stephen R. says:

    Obama’s “hope and change” is going exceedingly well. George Soros is overjoyed with the work of his thugs. Oh, The Federal Police force will be authorized under Hillary’s watch.

  24. Jim Olson says:

    I’ll bet most of the “protesters” don’t even know the name of the guy that got shot by the police. All they know is they’re supposed to rob a Wal-Mart to show their support for whats-his-face.

  25. NoMail Plez says:

    Poor guy (picture from the Drudge Report linking to this article)….so embarrassed for him. I could see his underwear in that picture.

    The photographer should have done the polite thing and said something before taking the pic – I would have.

  26. Justme77 says:

    Are they still being referred to as “protesters”???? When did rioters earn the name protesters as if they are being peaceful. What a joke!

  27. Richard Head says:

    Obama could have prevented this, but decided to perpetuate a false narrative instead. Hillary and other politicians who did the same are to blame as well.

  28. Citizen Survivor says:

    The riots shouldn’t last long tonight. They have to get up for work in the morning.

  29. STOP CALLING THESE “PROTESTS” THESE ARE MOBS!

  30. Richard Head says:

    This is what you get when you elect a leftist radical as president.

  31. Minion Man says:

    Is this a case of someone taking a page from the Korean store owners in the Rodney King riots? Sooner or later this was going to happen as property owners take thier defese into thier own hands.

  32. Krys Miley says:

    So a bunch of Soros paid thugs are rioting. Why is this news? If they wanted to make changes happen they would join their brothers by putting on a badge and committing to making a difference. But the rioters don’t really want anything to change.

  33. Welcome to Ferguson, North Carolina. Hillary thanks you for your support.

  34. Just another Democrat realizing Hillary is going to lose this thing. If you haven’t noticed, their heads are starting to explode. Expect more “suicide by cop”. So many are in denial and cloistered within the MSM bubble of misinformation, expect mass hysteria on election day, probably riots.

  35. Auntie Vyris says:

    I understand people have major concerns but we can solve this if we all sit down and evaluate our options. Guaranteed, violence will make things worse.

  36. Kim A Kirk says:

    The rioters are a disgrace.

    1. Timofei says:

      Hil-Liary would not call them Deplorable – she reserves that term for people who are non-violent, who abide by the law, and who support the Constitution.

  37. Jim Olson says:

    Obama said guns are easier to get than books, so this Scott guy who got shot couldn’t have had a book in his hand. Must’ve been a gun.

    1. Timofei says:

      I’ll try to check out a gun from the library.

  38. Dr3yec says:

    Go team Blue!!!!!!!

  39. Timofei says:

    The perp did not comply. He walked back to the vehicle and retrieved a firearm. Just what are cops supposed to do, give him a massage and an iced green tea?

  40. BorisBadinov says:

    These thugs should be heavily tear gassed and arrested. Peaceful protest is protected by the First Amendment. Rioting is not.

  41. Rusty Wood says:

    this is the REAL Obama legacy.

  42. Timofei says:

    Democrats are violent and intolerant!

  43. Philip Nolan says:

    What does looting a Walmart have to do with this? Also, it is clear that facts don’t matter, because people are rioting and looting before the facts are known.

  44. Bonfire says:

    George Soros agitators/DHS/DOJ/WH/ fomenting this BLM terrorist group. No one is fooled by this staged deception any more.

  45. cautious says:

    And the shopping has begun. Christmas only 3 months away.

    1. BobStrebs says:

      lol. Classic.

  46. textee says:

    The Obama Democrat party is the home of violent felons, violent illegals, violent murderers, violent cop killers, violent rapists, violent looters, violent rioters, violent pillagers, violent thieves, violent burners, violent vandals and violent arsonists. Stand-up to the Obama Violent Criminal Lobby and ban ALL voting by ALL convicted felons. FOREVER!

  47. Proudly Unaffiliated says:

    If negroes are killing negroes because the negroes are outraged, then…then what?

    1. Bill Kilgore says:

      …then sit back and enjoy the show.

      1. I love the smell of tear gas in the morning. It smells like….victory

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