Justice

Reports of Gunshots and at Least One Injury in Ferguson

August 10th 2015

By:
Kyle Jaeger

On the anniversary of Michael Brown's death, shots rang out in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, amid demonstrations. Protestors scattered and armed vehicles moved in as the St. Louis Police Department reported shots fired around 11:15 p.m. on Sunday.

A man was reportedly injured during the police-involved shooting. Another shooting was also confirmed by law enforcement officials; it is unclear whether or not an officer was involved in the latter incident however.

Dozens of gun shots could be heard on videos uploaded and posted on social media accounts and live streams. As CNN reporter Sara Sidner interviewed interim Ferguson Police Chief Andre Anderson, a round of bullets were discharged in the background:

"It wasn't immediately clear whether any one was injured in the shooting, but minutes after the shots were heard, an Associated Press photographer saw a man lying face down, covered in blood, behind a boarded-up restaurant," the AP reported. According to several sources, the man was taken to the hospital alive.

The Twitter account for the St. Louis police posted images of a patrol car sprayed with bullets.

"A St. Louis County officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting after coming under heavy gunfire," they wrote. "During the gunfire, at least 2 unmarked cars took shots. We will release more details when available."

Another unverified video appears to show this man, bloodied and surrounded by two police officers. The person recording was told not to resist, handcuffed, and then later released.

"This is a crime scene. Back up," the officer yells.

"You see he's still alive," he responds. "He's still alive. Get him some help!"

A police helicopter hovered overhead, and several armored vehicles took to the streets as protestors and law enforcement officials attempted to make sense of the situation.

Prior to the shooting, several hundred protestors had gathered to honor the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. They were warned to disperse after blocking a main roadway around 10:00 p.m.

Sunday was the first of the three days of protesting that police could be seen wearing riot gear and carrying pepper spray canisters, the Associated Press added.

Police have ordered residents and protestors to return to their homes immediately. ATTN: will provide additional information about the situation in Ferguson as it becomes available.