CRIME

Gunfire Erupts In Ferguson After Protester Is Struck By Car

Demonstrators were marking the second anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.

(Warning: Video contains graphic content.)

Gunfire erupted in Ferguson, Missouri on Tuesday night after a protester was struck by a car during a demonstration marking the second anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a police officer in that city. 

Video posted by The Associated Press showed a protester standing in the road at night. Moments later, a car slammed into him. 

“A lady came down and hit a protester ― knocked the shoes off his feet,” Sharon Cowan, who was at the scene, told AP. “Hit him, and he rolled and he bounced.”

Less than a minute later, gunfire was heard and people began screaming. No one was injured in the shooting and no arrests were made, police told AP.

The condition of the protester struck by the car is unknown as he was taken from the scene in a private vehicle, police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

The driver, a woman who was not publicly identified, was “very, very cooperative,” authorities said. 

“By all accounts, her version of what happened seems to fit the version of what happened to a person driving down a busy West Florissant Avenue and not seeing a person standing there,” Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small told the newspaper. 

Brown’s death at the hands of police in 2014 and the events that followed set off protests and unrest in Ferguson as well as cities throughout the nation. 

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