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Police fire tear gas into the crowd of protesters on Old Concord Road late Tuesday night, Sept. 20, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. A black police officer shot an armed black man at an apartment complex Tuesday, authorities said, prompting angry street protests late into the night. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted that demonstrators were destroying marked police vehicles and that approximately 12 officers had been injured, including one who was hit in the face with a rock. (Ely Portillo/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Crowds protesting the police shooting death of a black man turned violent in Charlotte, NC

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A crowd protesting the shooting death of a black man by police turned violent Tuesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, injuring 19 people and shutting down a freeway.

The man shot by police was identified as Keith Lamont Scott, 43. Police said he pointed a gun at officers, but his family said the father of seven was reading a book in his car when police arrived. A gun was found at the scene, police said. 

On Wednesday, police said they gave Scott "multiple warnings" to drop his gun.

Crowds protesting the police shooting death of a black man turned violent in Charlotte, NC

WATCH  | Several hundred people protested outside Scott's apartment Tuesday night, chanting "No justice, no peace!" and holding "Black Lives Matter" signs.


At one point, protesters started jumping on a police van, breaking the windshield.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police tweeted this after the protests. 

Crowds protesting the police shooting death of a black man turned violent in Charlotte, NC

WATCH  | Here's another look at the protests.

 Other protesters were nonviolent and urged those throwing objects at police to stop, CNN reports.

Here's how the protests looked on the ground.

So because you wanted to question him, does his life mean more than our black men across the nation?
Nichelle Dunlap, protester

Racial tensions were already high after video of the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., was released on Monday. Crutcher was unarmed and was shot and killed by police with his hands up.  Protesters in Charlotte wondered why Scott and Crutcher were killed while Ahmad Rahami, suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey, was taken alive.  

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts urged the community to stay calm.

The officer who shot Scott was identified as Brentley Vinson, a two-year veteran of the department, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Interstate 85 reopened early Wednesday morning. 

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