CHARLOTTE, N.C. --
At least one person was shot and seriously wounded as demonstrators clashed for a second night Wednesday with police in riot gear in Charlotte, N.C., a day after cops shot and killed a man whose family claimed he was simply reading a book.
Mecklenburg County Emergency Medical Agency said it was treating and one patient with "life threatening injuries" from an apparent gunshot wound. No further details were immediately available.
The family of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, who was shot and killed Tuesday near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully. But demonstrators and cops again faced off Wednesday night, this time outside the Omni hotel downtown.
Scott's family initially told local news outlets Tuesday that he was disabled and unarmed. They claimed on social media that he had been reading a book.
But Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a news conference Wednesday not only that was Scott armed but also that he ignored multiple warnings to drop his weapon before Officer Brentley Vinson fatally shot him.
"The officers gave loud, clear, verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses," Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a news conference Wednesday morning, noting that the fatal confrontation unfolded "in a matter of seconds."
Like Scott, Vinson, a two-year veteran of the force, is African-American. In line with department policy, Vinson was placed on paid administrative leave, Putney said.
In a statement released after Putney's remarks Wednesday, Scott's widow, Rakeyia Scott, did not repeat family members' claims that Keith Scott was unarmed.
While she said the family still had "more questions than answers about Keith's death," she said they urged that "people protest peacefully."
"Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting," Rakeyia Scott said.