Officials: 1 person on life support, 2 injured during Wednesday protests in Uptown Charlotte

One person is on life support and two other people were taken to the hospital during protests Wednesday evening in Uptown Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney and emergency personnel.

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During an interview with Megan Kelly on FOX News, Chief Putney confirmed that the “last information we got is deceased at this point.”

Chief Kerr Putney: “We can confirm that we have one shot [in protests]…last information we got that person is deceased at this point.”

— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 22, 2016

The City of Charlotte first tweeted out that the shooting was fatal and that it was civilian on civilian. CMPD did not fire the shot, according to the tweet.

ALERT: Fatal shot uptown was civilian on civilian. @CMPD did not fire shot.

— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) September 22, 2016

However, the City of Charlotte issued a correction at about 10:43 p.m. stating that the person who suffered the gunshot wound during the protests was on life support and in critical condition. They were not deceased, according to the tweet.

CORRECTION UPDATE: Civilian who suffered gunshot wound during protests is on life support, critical condition. Not deceased.

— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) September 22, 2016

FOX News reported that at least seven officers were taken to the hospital.

Medic said they responded to multiple incident in Uptown, specifically around the College Street area. They said a total of three patients were related to the situation in Uptown. One person had a life-threatening gun shot wound and later died. The other two had non life threatening injuries.

Cops confirm 1 person shot. It appears this is the man. Reports he’s been taken to hospital w/ serious injuries. #CharlotteProtest

— Heather Lacy (@Heather_Lacy1) September 22, 2016

A large amount of blood could be seen on the street.

Flash bangs and tear gas were released into the area. People could be seen running away from the scene.

A lot of officers in riot gear on standby. Looks like they’re ready to move. This is getting ugly. @FOX46News

— David Sentendrey (@DavidFox46) September 22, 2016

Demonstrators took to the streets in what started as peaceful protest over the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot and killed by a police officer on Tuesday. When the protest reached the EpiCentre in Charlotte, that’s when the situation appeared to turn violent.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant on Tuesday at The Village at College Downs when they came across Keith Lamont Scott inside a vehicle at the apartment complex. They said Scott had a gun and threatened the officers.

“He is armed, with a handgun that we found on scene as well…Makes some imminent threat to them and because of that, at least one of our officers fired rounds at the subject,” according to CMPD officers during a press conference.

Family members said Scott was unarmed, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police confirmed that Scott did have a gun on him.

Scott was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries where he later passed away.

During protests Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, demonstrators headed to the Walmart on N. Tryon in the University area after shutting down Interstate-85 at WT Harris Blvd.

Officers in riot gear blocked the entry to Walmart after it was broken into. Employees could be seen sweeping up shattered glass.

After peaceful demonstrations turned violent Wednesday, Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) said the State Highway Patrol would be coming to assist CMPD officers.

Here is the full statement:

“I want to assure the people of North Carolina that our SBI has already been assisting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department throughout the last 24 hours. Upon a very recent request of Chief Putney, the State Highway Patrol is sending in troopers to further help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. The state has many additional assets nearby to assist. Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated. I support and commend the law enforcement officials for their bravery and courage during this difficult situation.”

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