Three people were shot as violence erupted Tuesday night during police protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
The city’s acting police chief said two of the victims were shot in the neck and another in the leg, but all three were expected to recover from their wounds, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
About 100 shots were fired, a gas station was looted, a portable restroom and some trash cans were set on fire, and several police cars were vandalized, said acting Police Chief Al Eickhoff.
The violence broke out during demonstrations of support of protests in Baltimore, and police attempted to break up the gathering about 11 p.m.
Some of the protesters began driving about a half hour later up and down West Florissant Avenue, and police threatened to use “chemical munitions” to disperse the crowd.
Witnesses reported about 15 gunshots shortly before midnight.
At least five people were arrested in burglary, weapons, and other charges.
Eickhoff said the vandals were not protesting the fatal police shooting last year of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen.
“They were not protesters, they were just a criminal element set on undoing all that this community has done to move forward,” Eickhoff said. “We’ve got a completely new face on the city council and we’re changing things. I’m not sure if they’re just resisting it or what.”
He described all three shooting victims as “rioters,” but it’s not clear who fired the shots.
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