A man in the crowd warned of “Gunshots. Gunshots! Or Firecrackers?” “Those are gunshots,” another man in the crowd is heard saying. “No, they’re gunshots,” says the first man, correcting himself.
According to the man, a large number of police showed up on the scene immediately afterwards.
KTVU carried the video:
The National Journal also reported on the “possible gunshots”:
Already, there are reports of possible gunshots in Ferguson among large crowds. Obama asked police in the area “to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur.” While saying that police have a “tough job” to do, he asked that “as they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence.”
Who may have fired the shots and whether anyone was injured is not yet apparent.
St. Louis County police descended upon the crowd and blocked of the streets.
Meanwhile, other early reports show that police have already fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd. Via Craig Wood on Facebook:
At approximately 9pm as seen on live footage Ferguson police started an advance and started gassing and firing rubber bullets at a relatively peaceful crowd. The advance continues as I make this post.
Meanwhile, Sky News carried live images of this burning car on the scene:
How this will go remains to be seen; but clearly, anything could happen from here.
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