CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 21 (UPI) — A person is in critical condition after being shot and by another civilian during a second violent night of protests in Charlotte following the police shooting of a man on Tuesday, officials said.
Charlotte police in riot gear have used tear gas to attempt to break up the gathering after protestors damaged cars and shop windows with thrown objects. Charlotte police tweeted they were not involved in Wednesday night’s shooting.
The protests began Tuesday after police killed Keith Lamont Scott, a father of seven near his apartment as police were searching for another man.
“Your life is in danger, you need to move!” police announced near the entrance to the Omni Hotel in uptown Charlotte. Shortly after, about 9:45 p.m. police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd.
Peaceful protests over Scott’s shooting turned violent around 8:30 p.m. when protests gathered around the Omni Hotel and began throwing objects and vandalizing shops. Fortunately, most of the shops had closed earlier in anticipation of violence.