1 shot, 8 hurt, tear gas deployed in 2nd night of Charlotte police shooting protests

Photo by David Hurst/WNCN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) — One person is in critical condition after being shot as more violence and looting broke out at Wednesday night protests against the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, officials told CBS North Carolina.


The City of Charlotte announced that one person was shot, but it was not due to a police officer and instead was a civilian who shot another civilian.

The shot person was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was reported dead around 9:20 p.m. CBS News reported that EMS had to use an armored vehicle to retrieve the shooting victim.

Protesters moved downtown from Trade Street to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and tear gas was used for the second time during the evening around 9:45 p.m.

A CNN reporter was tackled while giving a live report on TV. The Hornets’ team store at the downtown arena was looted after several windows were broken, according to photos and info from WCNC-TV.

EMS officials said they had taken eight patients — seven law-enforcement officers and one civilian — to area hospitals during second night of protests over the police shooting of a black man.

Protesters rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and around 8:30 p.m., officers fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

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

Hundreds were expected throughout the evening as Charlotte-Mecklenburg police prepared for another long night.

“My plan is to have my people ready, we are,” Chief Kerr Putney said Wednesday morning. “My plan is to be staffed appropriately, we will be. Hopefully we will have peaceful protests and do things the Charlotte way.”

Scott’s wife, Rakeiya Scott, also released a statement asking for protesters to remain calm.

— The Associated Press and WBTV contributed to this report

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