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Two Shot in Ferguson, Missouri, in Overnight Protest

Demonstrators took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb, where trash cans were set ablaze, rocks were thrown and at least two people were shot.
/ Source: NBC News

While Baltimore had a less turbulent night, a few dozen demonstrators took to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, where trash cans were set ablaze, rocks were thrown and at least two people were shot, according to local reports.

One person was shot in the leg on West Florissant Avenue, the scene of unrest last year following the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, NBC affiliate KSDK reported.

Another person was reportedly shot in the neck on nearby Canfield Drive, where gunshots were fired throughout the night, according to St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who tweeted from the scene.

"He got himself in the truck to the hospital," French wrote of the victim. "Hopefully will be OK."

Police didn't immediately say whether either shooting was related to the protests.

The St. Louis suburb has been relatively calm since two police officers were shot last month outside the police department. But tensions were renewed after the death of a black man in Baltimore who suffered a spinal cord injury in police custody. Riots broke out in Baltimore on Monday.

In Ferguson, protesters chanted, "No justice, no peace" as they stood in a line across from officers, who told them they were "unlawfully assembled" and must disperse, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, dumpsters and portable toilets were set on fire in the middle of the street before the small crowd finally scattered, the newspaper said.



— Erik Ortiz