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One Person Shot During Charlotte Protests

Update: After reports that the shooting victim had died, city officials confirm that the civilian is on life support and in critical condition.

September 21, 2016

One person has been shot during the second night of protests over the police-involved killing of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte on Wednesday night, Buzzfeed News reports. Previous reports stated that the victim had died, but city officials are now reporting that the civilian is on life support and in critical condition.

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Protesters assembled in Uptown Charlotte on Wednesday evening and marched to the city's center when, according to reports from local news, police blocked off the protest route and a violent confrontation occurred. Flash bangs, smoke, and tear gas were reported before the shooting took place.

A representative for Mecklenburg EMS told Buzzfeed that one patient had suffered life threatening injuries from an apparent gunshot wound. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney confirmed to Fox News that the shooting victim had died. City of Charlotte officials later reported that the shooting victim was still alive but in critical condition. Putney said that one protester was arrested and 16 were injured.

According to city officials, the shooting occurred between civilians and did not involve CMPD.

Following the unrest in Charlotte on Wednesday night, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency. "I have declared a State of Emergency & initiated efforts to deploy the Nat'l Guard & Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement in CLT," McCrory wrote on Twitter. Speaking to Fox News, the Governor said, "The main thing that I'm doing is providing assets to the police department."

This article will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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One Person Shot During Charlotte Protests