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A day of peaceful commemoration of the second anniversary of Michael Brown’s death was marred Tuesday night when gunfire broke out after a protester was struck by a motorist.

After a quiet morning vigil and evening church service, the night turned violent when a car struck a protester standing on West Florissant Avenue.

Others among the roughly 75 protesters began trying to cut off the car, which then reversed direction to try to avoid the crowd, according to several witnesses.

At that point, witnesses said, several protesters pulled out guns and began chasing and firing at the fleeing car.

“I just started screaming, and the bullets started flying, and I started screaming some more,” said Heather DeMian, of St. Charles, a regular protester who has been live-streaming Ferguson protests.

It appears the driver did not intentionally strike the protester, according to Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small, who said the woman is being “very, very cooperative” with police.

"Investigators say the woman was simply driving down West Florissant at nighttime, unaware someone was standing in the street, until it was too late to stop before hitting them," Small said in a statement Wednesday morning.

He said there were bullet holes in the woman’s car, but no one in the vehicle was injured.

Police arrived at the scene within a minute, Small said. No arrests were made, and the extent of the injuries to the protester who was struck is unknown because the man was taken from the scene in a private vehicle, Small said.

Two people who were shaken up as the crowd fled the gunfire were taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Ferguson protesters, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 6 Comments [1/9/2017 6:17:19 AM]
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Zachski

On one hand I wanna say that I can sorta understand why they might react violently to one of their fellows being hit - after all, considering the right-wing thugs that have threatened violence towards them just because they want police brutality to end, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility of someone intentionally running someone over.

On the other hand, that's still not a good enough reason to pull out guns and start shooting, and people who do that shouldn't be allowed to own guns.

1/9/2017 6:57:56 AM

Anon-e-moose

...and then you wonder why guns were banned here in the UK after Dunblane?

So why hasn't this sort of thing happened here since 1996?

1/9/2017 8:45:00 AM

Man Called True

@Anon-e-moose: They have. Remember the 2011 riots, which ALSO started after the police killed a man?

1/9/2017 9:21:20 AM

Uilleam

Can anyone say "trigger happy"?

1/9/2017 9:41:24 AM

SpukiKitty

If you're going to protest, don't block traffic at night!

I think these protests are mostly peaceful people with a few troublemaking interlopers among them.

That said; I agree with Zachski's point.


1/17/2017 6:34:11 PM



When BLM (or an equivalent protest group) shoots at somebody the response time is under 60 seconds. When somebody shoots at BLM literally in front of the station they don't get caught unless they turn themselves in.

What happened was nothing short of the kind of trigger happy thuggery rednecks think should be the default solution to pretty much every problem from pickpockets to spree shooters to noisy neighbors and the most racist among them already think is the default response of the African American community (somehow without seeing the paradox in meaning it as an insult when they promote it as a positive) but even then it just kind of highlights BLM actually have a point about police priorities.

1/19/2017 3:58:14 PM

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