Calls For Calm Unheeded As 2 Shot In Ferguson

Peaceful protests over the death of Michael Brown gave way to violence again in Ferguson, with at least two people shot early Wednesday.

Calls For Calm Unheeded As 2 Shot In Ferguson
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The situation in Ferguson, Missouri, doesn't look like it's anywhere close to calming down. As protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by police continue, the city saw two more shootings in the early a.m. hours Wednesday.

A woman was wounded in a reported drive-by shooting and a man was shot by police just blocks away from where the protests had recently ended. 

"They say that suspect pulled a handgun at the officer and the officer shot him. I can tell you, we were out here late last night ... and we definitely heard shots fired in the area."

Police say they were responding to calls of shots fired and four or five armed men wearing ski masks in the area. The man who was shot was reportedly part of that group and is in critical condition.

This was the fourth day of protests against the killing of Michael Brown, who police say attacked an officer but who witnesses say was shot in cold blood. And at night when the protests have broken up, the city has seen a flood of violence and looting.

Calls for calm are coming in from all over: in a statement, President Obama said, "I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding."

Al Sharpton is in Ferguson urging non-violence. "To become violent in Michael Brown's name is to betray the gentle giant that he was."

And Brown's mother has issued calls to stop the violence. "The support is all needed, all needed, but not the violence. It doesn't help any."

But it's anyone's guess when things might actually start to settle down.

The FAA issued flight restrictions over the city lasting into next week, police have come out in force wearing riot gear and using tear gas and investigators reversed their decision to release the name of the officer who shot Brown, citing threats of violence.

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