This is really scary.
This weekend marked the one year anniversary of Michael Brown being shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Several people from all around planned a day of peaceful vigils and even a four and a half hour moment of silence to symbolize Brown for the four and a half hours that his body was in the street after he was shot last summer.
These moments of peace and remembrance didn’t last long though as gunshots rang out through the crowd Sunday night.
A suspect in the shooting, 18-year-old Tyrone Harris, a friend of the late Michael Brown, reportedly opened fire on police with a handgun that he had stolen.
He was first seen by officers as he was running away after he had allegedly just exchanged gunfire with an unknown person. Police in an unmarked SUV then turned on its lights and pursued Harris as the young man turned around and fired at the vehicle, hitting both the hood and windshield several times.
When the detectives exited the car, Tyrone reportedly continued to fire until the officers struck him multiple times.
Tyrone was taken to emergency surgery shortly after, where he is currently in unstable condition. It was at the hospital where his father, Tyrone Harris Sr., identified him and spoke about his son and the shooting. He said that his son was “real close” with Michael Brown and added
“We think there’s a lot more to this than what’s being said.”
He also claimed that witnesses told him that his son was
“running away from the situation, and police ended up shooting him.”
He went on to say that the witnesses had told him that Tyrone Jr. didn’t have a gun and that he was just in “the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The four officers that were involved in the shooting have all been put on standard administrative leave.
Back at the location of the shooting, the situation began to spiral as police attempted to tell protesters via megaphone that:
“Remaining in the street is a violation of law. You must move onto the sidewalk or be subject to arrest.”
It was at this point that police put riot helmets and shields on and formed a line. Shortly after, the protest became more intense as riots started to break out and there were acts of violence.
Even a reporter from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Paul Hampel, was beaten and robbed.
Speaking about the shooting and violence of last night, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said:
“We cannot continue, we cannot talk about the good things that we have been talking about, if we are prevented from moving forward with this kind of violence. Protesters are people who are out there to effect change. [ There were ] several people shooting, several rounds shot.”
[Image via AP Images.]