An 18-year-old African-American teenager was shot and killed by police outside of a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri after he reportedly pointed a handgun at an unidentified officer.
The incident took place just two miles west of Ferguson, where a crowd of 60 angry people gathered around the scene Wednesday morning as the victim’s body lay in the parking lot for more than two hours, reports the New York Daily News. The victim has not been identified by police, but a woman told the Daily News it was her son, Antonio Martin.
Toni Martin, the victim’s mother, reportedly told police her young son was with his girlfriend at the time, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
County police spokesman Sgt. Brian Schellman said police were performing a routine business check at the gas station at around 11:15 p.m. when they noticed two men and approached them, reports Fox News. One of the men reportedly pulled a handgun on the cops and one of the officers responded by firing several shots at him and killing him. The second man fled the scene and cops retrieved the victim’s handgun.
There are reports that the gas station suffered from broken windows after this new wave of protests, reports Bloomberg News, and an activist and Twitter user named Johnetta Elzie reportedly tweeted that the scene was “A lot like August,” referring to the many nights of protests that followed the fatal shooting of teen Michael Brown in Ferguson.