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Violent Protests Flare for Second Night in Charlotte

Demonstrators clashed for a second night with police in riot gear in Charlotte, a day after police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott.

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Demonstrators protest the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday evening, Sept. 21.

Demonstrators clashed for a second night Wednesday with police in riot gear in Charlotte, a day after cops shot and killed Scott, whose family claimed he was simply reading a book. Police say he was armed.

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Police fire tear gas as protesters converge in Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city.

What started out as a prayer vigil on Wednesday devolved into chaos as protesters marched downtown, facing off with police outside the Omni hotel.

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A protester faces off with a police officer in riot gear. 

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Police and protesters carry a seriously wounded protester into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel. While city officials initially said that a civilian had been fatally shot, they later corrected their statement to say the victim was in critical condition on life support. Officials said the person was shot by a civilian, not a police officer.

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A man squats near a pool of blood after a man was shot during the protest.

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A woman points with her blood-covered hand at a police officer.

Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency as midnight approached, saying he was calling in the National Guard and state troopers to help restore order.

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Police in riot gear stand outside the Omni Hotel. Demonstrators had begun dispersing after a planned protest at Charlotte's Marshall Park when some of them tried to enter the Omni and other hotels nearby, police told NBC News.

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A protester kicks a van outside the Omni Hotel. 

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Demonstrators walk near a damaged bus.

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A protester yells to other demonstrators as police look on. The protester was later taken into custody. 

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A woman argues with another protester in front of a line of police.

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Image: Two women embrace while looking at a police officer in uptown Charlotte, NC during a protest of the police shooting of Keith Scott, in Charlotte

Two women embrace while looking at a police officer in riot gear.
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Image: A man stands on a car in uptown Charlotte, NC to protest the police shooting of Keith Scott, in Charlotte, North Carolina

A protester stands on a car.

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A protester confronts police with a raised fist.

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Protesters stop at an intersection blocked by police on bicycles along Trade Street. 

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With officials refusing to release any video of the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, two starkly different versions have emerged: Police say Scott disregarded repeated demands to drop his gun, while neighborhood residents say he was holding a book, not a weapon, as he waited for his son to get off the school bus.

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