FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) - It began as a day of peaceful observances marking the second anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown. It ended late Tuesday with gunfire and a man run over by a car at a demonstration in Ferguson.
The Ferguson Police Chief says the driver of the car did not intentionally hit the protestor. Protesters say the gunman was not a part of their group, and acted alone
Demonstrators say it started as a peaceful march with around 100 protesters along West Florissant Ave in Ferguson Tuesday night Police say a protester was accidentally hit by an oncoming car after the protester stepped into the lane of traffic. Witnesses say protesters tried to cut off the car. The driver reversed, and tried to head the opposite direction. That is when gunshots erupted.
Several protesters attempted to chase down the driver, firing as the driver sped off. Others hid behind cars for safety.
"I was screaming. I was afraid for all of our lives. There were bullets. Whenever there is violence around, protestors the get the blame. It is others in the area." said protester Heather DeMain.
"It was an accident. She was distracted by the many protesters. He was standing in the middle of the roadway. He was texting on his phone and he should have not been there. We warned him, and he did not head those warnings." said Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss.
The Ferguson Police Department says that it is unclear how badly the protester was injured because he was taken from the scene in someone's personal vehicle.
The Ferguson Police Chief says several cars in the area had bullet holes. The diver is cooperating with officers and there are no other injuries to report. Police continue to search for the person responsible for firing the shots.