Charlotte Protests Over Keith Scott Shooting Descend Into Chaos for 2nd Night
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A young man gestures as he and others participate in in a protest at Marshall Park September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte after clashes during protests in the city in response to the fatal shooting by police officers of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Sean Rayford / Getty Images file
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Charlotte remained on edge Thursday morning after a second night of chaotic protests in the wake of a fatal police shooting that has left lingering tensions in North Carolina's largest city.
A state of emergency was declared just before midnight Wednesday after one person was shot in what police said was protester-on-protester violence. Several other people were injured, and police fired tear gas in an attempt to diffuse the clashes.
Businesses in the downtown began cleaning up Thursday after protesters busted windows and looted some properties, police said. Both the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the United Way reported damage, and major corporations such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo told some employees to work from home as a precaution.
The North Carolina National Guard arrived at a Charlotte armory early Thursday, and Guard vehicles left the armory about 8 a.m. ET.
A photo taken by a witness and obtained by NBC affiliate WCNC appears to show a gun on the ground near Scott’s body moments after the shooting. It’s unclear whether the weapon is the same one that police say Scott was holding.
After a night of protests on Tuesday that injured more than a dozen people and blocked a highway, Scott's family appealed for peaceful demonstrations.
But what started out as a prayer vigil on Wednesday devolved into chaos as protesters marched downtown, facing off with police outside the downtown Omni hotel.
It was not immediately clear how many other protesters were injured. Several journalists were caught up in the melee, with WCNC saying a reporter and cameraman were taken to a local hospital. The Charlotte Police Department, meanwhile, said four officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
While officials have said the city won't be releasing the video to the public at the moment, Congresswoman Alma Adams, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Charlotte, said doing so is "the only thing I think that's going to help."
"I think the families feel, many people in the community feel that there's information there that they need to be privy to," Adams said on MSNBC.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday that the Justice Department is "assessing the incident."