National Guard arrives in Charlotte after McCrory issues state of emergency

VIDEO: Protesters being dispersed in uptown Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory issued a state of emergency after violent protests erupted Wednesday night in connection with the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

Thursday morning, the North Carolina National Guard arrived in Charlotte at the center near Billy Graham Parkway.

The National Guard and the State Highway Patrol were deployed to the area on the suggestion of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.

McCrory said the State Bureau of Investigation is already assisting in the Scott case.

"Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated," the statement read. "I support and commend the law enforcement officials for their bravery and courage during this difficult situation."

Uptown protests turned violent Wednesday night with at least one critically injured and two more hospitalized.

The mayor of Charlotte and the Chairman of Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners also declared a State of Emergency which is required in order to bring in state assets, including the National Guard, to assist in protecting residential and business properties while the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department continue focusing on public safety needs throughout the community.

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