Late Sunday night, gunfire came out of nowhere and sent peaceful protesters running for cover and ignited police reinforcements. It was supposed to be a day of peaceful vigils to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s shooting death.
Ferguson Police were involved in a shooting after they were caught under “heavy gunfire,” said St. Louis County Police spokesman Shawn McGuire.
None of the officers received any injured, the department said. It said it will release more details later. But word of what happened got out and circulated, along with a video, and it appears that the person shot was another black man.
Some of the shots rang out as reporters were in the middle of interviews with Ferguson’s acting police chief, Andre Anderson. A startled Anderson continued talking with a steady burst of gunfire going off in the background, and the crowds ran and scattered.
(2/2) During the gunfire, at least 2 unmarked cars took shots. We will release more details when available. pic.twitter.com/luPnp6iXqZ
— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) August 10, 2015
— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) August 10, 2015
Authorities said they were trying to restore order. Police, with helmets and shields, pushed crowds back and called in tactical units. Unbowed, some residents held on to their children and watched.