ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Protesters in Missouri have turned violent Monday night following the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted on any criminal charges relating to the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
ABC’s Jim Ryan is at the scene in Ferguson, and he reported five or six gunshots coming from near the police station.
The St. Louis County police says that a storage facility and meat market were set on fire by looters.
St. Louis County police confirm that tear gas was used “after smoke was unsuccessful” in dispersing the crowds.
Police are continuing to work to break up the violence and a “No Fly Zone” is in place over Ferguson.
Several hundred protesters blocked Interstate 44 in downtown St. Louis. Riot police are now on the scene and some of the protesters are reportedly climbing on the cars.
Protests have also spread to other cities.
In New York, approximately 200 people gathered in Union Square, then marched to Times Square. In Philadelphia, several hundred people marched along Market Street in downtown. In Chicago, about 200 demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets.
In Washington, about 150 to 200 people are marching towards the White House. And in Los Angeles, about 100 people are marching downtown on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Marches were also reported in Oakland, Calif., and Seattle.
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