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    One person has been shot in Charlotte, North Carolina protests against the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Riot police are firing tear gas into the crowd. The governor declared a state of emergency and ordered in National Guard and state troopers.

    Peaceful protests turned violent on Wednesday, night two of demonstrations in Charlotte. Along with one person being critically shot in the head, there are reports of stores looted, windows broken, and reporters on scene threatened and assaulted.

    Man killed by cop had gun, not book – Charlotte police chief

    The Charlotte Metropolitan Police Department declared the protests an "unlawful assembly" and announced their willingness to use "non-lethal instruments" to control the crowd, estimated to be in the hundreds.

    WCNC reported medics confirmed a gun shot wound on the corner of College and Trade. The victim had life-threatening injuries, and was confirmed deceased by Police Chief Kerr Putney, but that report has been corrected. The victim is in critical condition on life support, according to the city government.

    The City of Charlotte is confirming no officer was involved in the shooting. Some protesters on scene, however, claimed police shot a man throwing bottles.

    The Boston Globe reports that seven officers and one civilian were taken to hospitals.

    Close to midnight, protesters were blocking the outbound lanes of Interstate-277, according to Joe Bruno of WSOC, who says that highway accesses Uptown Charlotte, the heart of the protests, and is used by those who would need to travel to adjacent neighborhoods.

    Protesters earlier used metal barricades to block off advancing riot police threatening them with arrest if they did not disperse.

    Police in riot gear were earlier blocking the Omni Hotel in uptown Charlotte, according to WCNC.

    Ely Portillo, a reporter with the Charlotte Observer, reported being told, "Your life is in danger, you need to move!" by police in riot gear.

    Amy Wood, a reporter with WSPA, reports that the city's transit center has been shut down.

    Ty Chandler, a reporter with WCNC, tweeted photos of a looted Hornets basketball team clothing store near the Spectrum Center arena. She later tweeted that protesters threatened her and her media crew with property damage if they did not leave the area.

    A WLTX news reporter and photographer were reportedly punched and tackled "by agitators" and taken to Presbyterian Hospital in downtown Charlotte.