Yet another shooting involving police took place last night in Ferguson, Missouri. Four armed men in ski masks reportedly infiltrated a crowd on the street and threatened to shoot a police officer, reports Fox 2 Now.
Police responded to a call at around 1 a.m. and heard shots being fired. They reportedly saw “multiple subjects running,” reports Huffington Post, and began to chase the suspects. One of the men reportedly pointed his handgun at an officer, who shot him in self-defense. The gun was recovered and the suspect was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.
The officer involved in the shooting was not wounded.
This is the second police-involved shooting incident since an unarmed teen named Michael Brown was fatally shot by cops over the weekend. The city has since seen several protests and looting incidents that are thought to be retaliation for Brown’s murder.
The situation has gotten so out of control that Missouri gun store owners have reported a growth in sales, which they attribute to the violent episodes that have occurred in Ferguson. St. Louis County is also reportedly offering free crisis mental health counseling for all students and families affected by Brown’s murder.
STL County Police reportedly told KMOV reporter Mike Colombo that last night’s shooting was separate from the “Ferguson detail.”
Earlier in the evening, a woman was shot in the head about a mile from where the aforementioned shooting took place. According to KSDK, she was walking outside at around 12:15 a.m. when it happened. Police say the woman "saw a car drive by, heard five to eight gunshots, and was struck in her forehead."
The woman was taken to the hospital and is now in stable condition.