31 Arrested, 2 Shot in Ferguson on Monday Night

31 Arrested, 2 Shot in Ferguson

Chaos and violence continued in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday evening. Two people were shot near West Florissant and Canfield during protests. Cops were not involved in the shooting, and information of their conditions have not yet been released. More than 30 people were also arrested, with some from as far away as California and New York. Noting the influx of visitors that is contributing to the violence, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson said in a press conference β€œI am not going to let the criminals that have come here from across this country, or live in this neighborhood, define this community.” He also stressed how police showed restraint. β€œOur officers came under heavy fire,” he said, but β€œnot a single bullet was fired by officers.” There are several reports police used tear gas to get crowds to disperse. There are also accounts of assorted civilian gunfire and a man being pulled form his car at gunpoint. The peaceful night escalated at around 10pm local time when some protestors threw bottles at police, and officers responded with high-pitch sound canons.