Gunfire erupts in Ferguson on anniversary of Michael Brown's killing
A day of peaceful vigils to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's shooting death turned chaotic late Sunday night when gunfire sent protesters running for cover and prompted police reinforcements.
In one of at least two incidents, police were involved in a shooting after they came under "heavy gunfire," said *. Louis County Police spokesman Shawn McGuire.
No officers were injured, the department said. It said it will release more details later. But word circulated, along with a video, that the person shot was another black man, ratcheting up the tension.
"We're ready for what? We're ready for war," crowds chanted.
Some of the shots rang out as reporters were talking to Ferguson's acting police chief, Andre Anderson. A startled Anderson continued speaking with a steady burst of gunfire in the background. Crowds scattered.
Elsewhere, several objects were thrown at police and some businesses damaged, the *. Louis County Police Department said. At least two unmarked police cars had bullet holes on them.
Authorities said they were trying to restore order. Police, with helmets and shields, pushed crowds back and called in tactical units. Some residents held on to their children and watched.
"Multiple shots fired in Ferguson," the *. Louis Police Department tweeted. "Please leave the area of Ferguson and West Florissant."
West Florissant Avenue is where Brown was shot.
From *. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar: There were two shootings Sunday night. One of the shooter engaged in gunfire with officers and was shot. He was in critical condition, undergoing surgery. He had on him a stolen 9mm.
The four plainclothes officers who were involved in the shooting have between six to 12 years of experience, he said. They have been placed on administrative leave. Asked about the officers' race, Belmar said "I am not going to comment."
There were two shootings Sunday night. One of the shooters engaged in gunfire with officers and was shot, he said. He was in critical condition, undergoing surgery. He had on him a stolen 9mm, according to Belmar.
hopefully it doesn't get anymore out of control
absolutely pointless violence
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