One person critically wounded in second night of protests in North Carolina

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A civilian was shot Wednesday during the second night of violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, following the fatal police shooting of black man Keith Lamont Scott.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said one person was killed during protests. However, later, the City of Charlotte tweeted that the civilian is on life support and not deceased. 

The protests began shortly before 7 p.m. at the corner of Trade and Tryon streets. 

Wednesday’s protest started as a downtown prayer vigil, but an angry group left the vigil and marched through downtown Charlotte.

As the protesters approached the Omni hotel, officers in riot gear lined up outside arm in arm and a few marchers threw bottles and clods of dirt.

Immediately after the shooting, police began firing flash grenades and protesters threw fireworks. Police then fired tear gas, and the crowd of hundreds dispersed.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCoy declared a State of Emergency Wednesday evening, and said on Twitter he would be calling in the National Guard.

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