Overnight tension that started with a midnight curfew ended with one shooting, police vehicles coming under gun fire and seven people arrested early Sunday morning as a Missouri town remained racked by violence.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had Saturday declared a state of emergency in the town of Ferguson and imposed a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in the town’s business district, but streets remained restive.
Captain Ron Johnson, the Highway Patrol officer in charge of security in Ferguson, gave a press briefing at about 2:45 a.m. announcing the arrests and shooting.
Johnson said the victim was shot by an unknown gunman at a barbecue restaurant that was the scene of a reported break-in. Police responding to the break-in were also fired on, Johnson said, but the gunman remained at large.
Bystanders took the shooting victim to the hospital before police could reach him, Johnson said. He was in critical condition early Sunday.
Meanwhile, national attention remains on the town. The Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to march in protest Sunday with the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old man whose shooting death by police on Aug. 10 started the unrest.
Earlier on Saturday, Rev. Jesse Jackson made an appearance at the scene of the violent protests, and was booed when he started asking for donations. Twitter users weren’t afraid to express their opinions, of course: (Warning: strong language ahead.)
— zellie (@zellieimani) August 16, 2014
— jackie (@modd25) August 16, 2014
— Jr (@CaliVeen) August 16, 2014
— Redeemed (@CajunReign) August 16, 2014
— Blxck §upreme (@BeardedNubian) August 16, 2014
@zellieimani that’s what he gets, people need to stop trying to make a profit out of black rage and black bodies. Disgusting practice
— Black Girl (@shugnice) August 16, 2014
@ancl_j WOW. Seriously. Wow. The community is relatively poor and rare taking donations from us. Where are they getting money from??
— Bloodbath & Beyond (@BenevolentSlap) August 16, 2014
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