1 person shot, tear gas fired at protest in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte officials say a man who was shot during a protest that was reported deceased is on  life support, in critical condition, according to the City of Charlotte.

The city of Charlotte made the announcement Wednesday night on its Twitter feed. The man was shot as police in riot gear protected an upscale hotel in downtown Charlotte.

After the shooting, protesters began throwing bottles, dirt clods and fireworks at the officers. The police fired flash grenades and then tear gas back, dispersing the crowd of several hundred.

But groups of protesters kept marching around downtown, followed by police in riot gear who continued to fire tear gas at them.

The protesters were angry about the police shooting of Keith Lamont on Tuesday at his condominium complex. Police said the black man had a gun, while neighbors and his family said he was holding a book.

Video of the shooting has not been released.

We will update this article as soon as we have more information.

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