FERGUSON, Mo. – A day of peaceful protests to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s shooting death turned violent Sunday night when gunfire erupted between a shooter and police, the media has reported.
Police were involved in a shooting after they came under “heavy gunfire,” said St. Louis County Police spokesman Shawn McGuire.
No officers were injured, the department said. But word circulated, along with a video, that the person shot was another black man. While the St. Louis County sheriff refused to confirm the shooting victim’s race, he said the man is in critical condition in a local hospital and
The day of demonstrations in Ferguson was to mark the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old man who was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson. He has since retired from the department and lives in fear and seclusion, he told the media this past week.
The shots rang out at approximately 11:15 p.m. local time as several hundred people gathered on West Florissant Street. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that at least 15 shots were heard as protesters, police officers, and media members ran for cover.
At the time of the shooting, fewer than 100 protesters remained on the streets and were outnumbered by members of the media. However, the few protesters who remained were blocking traffic and confronting police. One person threw a glass bottle at officers but missed.
For the first time in three consecutive nights of demonstrations, some officers were dressed in riot gear, including bullet-proof vests and helmets with shields.
The gunfire marred a day of largely peaceful protest on the anniversary of the killing that shone a national spotlight on relations between the police and black communities across America. Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., led a march through town after a crowd of hundreds observed 4-1/2 minutes of silence.
The group began their silence at 12:02 p.m., the time Brown was killed, for a length of time that symbolized the 4-1/2 hours that his body lay in the street after he was killed.
Two doves were released at the end.