(AP/WNCN/WBTV) – Protesters have rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.
At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn’t immediately clear how.
Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance.
Officers on bicycles surrounded a pool of blood on the ground and a few people threw bottles and clods of dirt at police.
The tense standoff continued as police fired small canisters of tear gas into the protesters.
EMS officials said they had taken eight patients — seven law-enforcement officers and one civilian — to area hospitals during second night of protests over the police shooting of a black man.
WBTV reports that one person has been seriously injured from an apparent gunshot wound.
They say that the shooting did not involve a police officer.
WBTV reports that small fires have started in uptown Charlotte.
N.C. Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement regarding the events in Charlotte:
“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.”
We will update this article as soon as we have more information.