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Protest Against Police Shooting Turns Violent in Chaotic Second Night in Charlotte

Police and protesters carry a seriously wounded person during a march to protest the death of Keith Scott on Wednesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Update, 11 p.m.: There are moments of sporadic calm on the streets of Charlotte, interrupted by outbursts of tear gas and destruction, as the crowd appears to be thinning after hours of protests boiled over into violence and chaos. There have been reports of an injured police officer during the standoff with protesters. There have been multiple reports of looting of local businesses. Police say the man who was initially reported dead, but later confirmed to be alive but critically injured, was not shot by police.

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Update, 10:48 p.m.: The city of Charlotte has reversed the statement of the city’s chief of police declaring one protester dead.

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Update, 10:15 p.m.: There have been instances of looting in Charlotte on Wednesday night, including the Charlotte Hornets team store.

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Original Post: A second night of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott turned violent Wednesday with police officers using tear gas to try to disperse hundreds of protesters in the city’s entertainment district. One person was shot and taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead, according to the Charlotte police chief.

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Following the violent protests on Tuesday night that ended with injuries to protesters, as well as 16 police officers, Wednesday night erupted into a chaotic scene. Protesters blocked traffic as riot police held their ground and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds. Protesters also roughed up reporters on the scene.

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This post has been updated with new information as it became available.

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