FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The atmosphere in Ferguson grew tense after shots were fired near where protesters were gathering Monday night.
Tear gas was deployed by law enforcement just after 11:00 p.m. News 4’s Julian Johnson was one of many hit by tear gas. Officers used a loudspeaker to tell demonstrators to leave and go home.
A “Code 2000” was issued around 11:30 Monday night, meaning 50 additional officers were requested to come to the scene.
News 4’s Julian Johnson reported hearing nine shots near the intersection of Canfield Dr. and W. Florissant. News 4’s Matt Sczesny said some demonstrators have been throwing glass bottles at police.
At least 31 protesters were arrested throughout Monday night. One protester was arrested near the intersection of W. Florissant and Ferguson. News 4 observed at least four people being arrested, including a man who was interviewed by News 4’s Julian Johnson. Police brought in an armored vehicle to have control the scene.
Monday night’s unrest comes after a relatively calm morning and afternoon. Governor Nixon lifted the curfew, which had been in place the prior two nights from midnight to 5 a.m. He also called in the National Guard, but he said they would not be used for crowd control only to guard the command center in Ferguson.
Around midnight, police ordered media members to leave the area where protests were being held, and go to the police command post.
According to Cpt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, two protesters were shot but no further information was released.