1 shot, critically injured in Charlotte protest
Charlotte, NC – A protest in Charlotte turned violent after someone started shooting outside the city’s Omni Hotel. At least one of the bullets struck a protester in the head. The city orginally reported the injured protester died, but in a later update, said the man had been placed on life-support. A state of emergency was declared in the city Wednesday night.
Charlotte Police turned to tear gas and riot gear Wednesday, trying to break up a protest that escalated in the city’s uptown district.
Demonstrators made their way through The Epic-Center mall, before trying to enter a hotel. Outside that hotel someone in the crowd started shooting and killed a protester on a nearby sidewalk.
Charlotte’s ambulance service says it has treated eight patients, so far, during the Wednesday night protests. Seven of them were injured police officers.
Protesters took to city streets following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer Tuesday.
12 officers were injured in protest, near the scene where Scott was killed Tuesday night. Charlotte police say Scott was armed with a gun, when an officer shot and killed him while executing a search warrant on another person.