1 person on life support; others injured in protest in Charlotte over officer involved shooting

Courtesy: cnn.com
Courtesy: cnn.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCT) – One person is on life support, in critical condition, after they were shot Wednesday night during violent protests in downtown Charlotte. Hundreds of people took to the streets for a second night after the fatal police shooting of a black man in an apartment complex parking lot.

At least seven police officers have been injured. Police are out in full riot gear, using flash bangs and unleashing tear gas on many of the hundreds of protestors in the streets.

The City of Charlotte announced on its Twitter feed that the person shot was a civilian, shot by another civilian.

The Charlotte police has given an order to disperse, saying they will arrest all civilians including media.

Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on the events in Charlotte saying:

“I want to assure the people of North Carolina that our SBI has already been assisting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department throughout the last 24 hours. Upon a very recent request of Chief Putney, the State Highway Patrol is sending in troopers to further help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. The state has many additional assets nearby to assist. 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.”

You can watch live video of the protests here.

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