Protests erupt in North Carolina following shooting of black man

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 06:45

Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, shot and killed a black man they said was armed outside an apartment complex Tuesday, setting off violent protests that continued late into the night and left at least two dozen people injured.

The officer involved was also black, police told The Washington Post.

A large crowd of demonstrators gathered near the scene of the shooting Tuesday night to protest the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer earlier in the day.

The demonstrations began peacefully, with some people chanting “black lives matter” and “hands up, don’t shoot.”

News reports and posts on social media later showed police in riot gear firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators and some people smashing out the windows of police cars.

Early Wednesday morning, protesters shut down traffic on Interstate 85.

Some protesters opened up the backs of tractor trailers, took out boxes and set them on fire in the middle of the highway, WSOC reported.

Police reportedly used flash grenades to break up the crowd and had cleared the highway by early morning.

A few dozen other people broke down the doors of a nearby Walmart, then disbursed when police arrived, according to WSOC.

Police said 12 officers were injured during the demonstrations, one of them hit in the face with a rock.

At least 11 people were taken from the demonstrations and treated for non-life threatening injuries, hospital officials told WSOC.

Officers were looking for a suspect with an outstanding warrant at a complex near the University of North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon, when they found Scott, 43, sitting a vehicle in the parking lot, police said in a statement.

Scott, who was not the suspect they were seeking, got out of the car holding a “firearm,” then got back in the car, according to police.