CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Peaceful protests quickly turned into chaos in the streets of uptown Charlotte Wednesday night, as demonstrators gathered in response to the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Scott.
An organized protest began at Marshall Park at 7 p.m., with hundreds of people gathered peacefully with chants of “No justice, no peace” and “black lives matter.”
By 8 p.m., protesters made their way to CMPD headquarters, where a large group removed an American flag from the front of the building. Just minutes earlier, a CMPD source confirmed to NBC Charlotte that a witness’ photo from the shooting scene showed what investigators are calling the gun Scott had in his possession at the time of his shooting.
About a half-hour later, the situation in uptown became more intense, with protesters throwing tables and chairs from the upper levels of the Epicentre. Moments later, loud bangs rang out as protesters sprinted from the Omni Hotel, telling NBC Charlotte’s Ty Chandler that a person was shot in front of the hotel.
The shooting was confirmed to have occurred near the Ritz-Carlton to NBC Charlotte’s Michelle Boudin. A hotel employee confirmed that the outside doors of the hotel have been locked and the restaurant BLT Steak is using furniture to barricade windows.
Just after 8:40 p.m., MEDIC confirmed that one person was taken to CMC-Main with life-threatening injuries that were suffered from an apparent gunshot wound. CATS tweeted that streetcar service is discontinued and the Charlotte Transportation Center in uptown has been closed and moved to Carson Street. Light Rail Service will not extend beyond Carson Street.
CORRECTION UPDATE: Civilian who suffered gunshot wound during protests is on life support, critical condition. Not deceased.— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) September 22, 2016
In an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, CMPD Chief Kerr Putney confirmed that the person shot in uptown had died as a result of a gunshot wound. Later, however, the city of Charlotte says the person shot is on life-support and has not died.
Officers were seen taking at least two protesters into custody just before 9:30 p.m.
Charlotte City Councilman Kenny Smith (District 6) confirmed that seven CMPD officers were injured during the protests and taken to area hospitals.
City of Charlotte officials confirmed that the person shot and killed in uptown was shot by a civilian and not anyone affiliated with CMPD.
Reports of looting were confirmed by Charlotte Hornets officials. The team store located at Time Warner Cable Arena had its windows smashed and property was taken from inside.
(© 2016 WCNC)