Smoke And Tear Gas Canisters were fired on early Sunday as the police was attempting to disperse protesters that defied the St. Louis suburb curfew. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 7 people were arrested and one was shot at a protest site in Ferguson. The shooting victim is in critical condition and was rushed to the hospital.
Tear gas was used as concerns appeared when a group of protesters broke into a barbecue restaurant to take position on the roof that was overlooking the approaching police. A handgun was also flashed as armored vehicles were approaching.
It was also reported that shots were fired at a patrol car. No officers were injured.
According to eye witnesses, the police only reacted when it considered itself and other people in danger. Initially, they tried to convince people to honor the imposed curfew. Many did not want to leave.
Antonio French, a St. Louis resident tweeted:
“I can tell you firsthand that some of the people that remained tonight were armed. Were ready for a fight. And wanted to injure police.”
Jay Nixon, Missouri Governor, imposed the curfew in an attempt to prevent looting and violence. He also declared a state of emergency.