Exactly one day after police in Ferguson, Mo., said they are preparing for riots in the event Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown, is not indicted, another shooting death has been reported.
ABC’s Good Morning America notes via Yahoo News that the latest victim is an 18-year-old black and that he was shot in south St. Louis by an off-duty police officer.
Wednesday’s shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. in the city’s Shaw Neighborhood, and involved an officer working a department-approved secondary job for a private security company, Police Chief Sam Dotson said at an early-morning news conference.
The officer approached a group of men. One of the men took off running, Dotson said, so the officer pursued. Dotson said the suspect approached the officer in an “aggressive” manner, with a physical altercation occurring. The man then turned and fired three rounds at the officer before his gun jammed, Dotson said.
The officer, who was not injured, returned fire, shooting 17 times and fatally wounding the man, Dotson said.
Police have not identified the officer or the man he killed.
Not surprisingly, “activists took to the streets of St. Louis overnight, marching and chanting, seeking answers,” the article notes. Some police vehicles were damaged during the protests, with windows smashed. Shorter ABC News: The other shoe dropped.
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who documented the turmoil in Ferguson after Brown’s Aug. 9 shooting death, reflected on the region’s renewed anguish, tweeting:
At the scene of yet another young man’s death. This happens too often in our city. It’s a crisis that we should all be concerned about.
Today, #shawshooting (for the neighborhood) is the most popular national trending hashtag on Twitter.
It’s like déjà-vu all over again.