One critically hurt as second day of protests erupt following fatal police shooting of black man in Charlotte

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One person is on life support in hospital after being shot at a protest over this week's fatal police shooting of a man in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Keith Scott, who was black, was shot after being mistaken for a wanted man, sparking protests in the city in recent days.

Police say Mr Scott was told to drop a handgun before he was shot, while his family insist he was carrying a book.  

Today's protests started peacefully, but it appears one person suffered a serious gunshot wound, while seven law-enforcement officers and a member of the public have also been hospitalised.

Armed cops throw tear gas at fired up protesters after fatal shooting of black man in Charlotte
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Keith Scott was shot after allegedly being mistaken for a wanted man, sparking protests in the city in recent days.
Keith Scott was shot after allegedly being mistaken for a wanted man, sparking protests in the city in recent days.
Source: Associated Press

The City of Charlotte initially said the person was killed in a "civilian on civilian" incident that did not involved the local police department, but later clarified to say the person had not died.

One reporter from CNN has been attacked today, while a cameraman and reporter from the local NBC station has been hospitalised. 

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte, and says he will send in the national guard. 

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