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Charlotte unsettled after tear gas, destruction in night two of protests

As the second night of the Keith Lamont Scott protests raged, several were injured. (Source | AP Photo/ Chuck Burton) As the second night of the Keith Lamont Scott protests raged, several were injured. (Source | AP Photo/ Chuck Burton)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

With the tear gas faded and the mass of humanity finally off the streets of uptown Charlotte Thursday morning, city and law enforcement officials are surveying the damage after a second night of furious protests over the Keith Lamont Scott case.

At last count, nine civilians were injured - one hospitalized in critical condition - and five law enforcement officers were hurt in the violent clashes between protesters and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers.

RELATED: See photos from the second night of the Keith Lamont Scott protests.

CMPD Chief Putney and Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts held a press conference Thursday morning in uptown. 

Putney said during overnight protests, a total of 44 people were arrested and hit with charges from breaking and entering to failure to disperse.

Overnight, protesters flooded part of Interstate 277, surrounding cars driving on the highway. 

Putney said the city's resources have been tied up, but now with help from the State Highway Patrol and State National Guard, more help is available. Putney reiterated more people and additional resources will be coming in to counteract any violent protests Thursday night, but there was no need to impose a curfew at this time.

Instead, Putney said, resources will be used to keep the peace should any more protests erupt into violence.

Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency as a result of the clashes

Companies including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy urged employees to stay home following the unrest. 

RELATED: Several companies urge uptown Charlotte employees to stay home

Scott, 43, was killed Tuesday while police were serving a warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road.

Since the shooting, protesters took to the streets en masse to voice their concerns. Hundreds demonstrated at the scene of the shooting Tuesday and into uptown early into Wednesday morning. Those protests turned violent after several hours.

RELATED: See photos from the scene of the Keith Lamont Scott protests.

After law enforcement agents were able to get control of the demonstrators, city and state officials held news conferences Wednesday to discuss the latest in the Scott case and how to move the city forward peacefully.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, Mayor Jennifer Roberts, and Executive Director of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Willie Ratchford discussed what investigators knew about the case.

According to Putney, Officer Brentley Vinson, the man identified as the officer who opened fire, was not wearing a body camera, but other uniformed officers on scene were. Vinson was reportedly wearing plain clothes and a clearly marked CMPD vest.

Roberts said Scott's family will watch the police shooting video Thursday. 

RELATED: Family of Keith Scott to watch police shooting video, Charlotte mayor says

"I can tell you a weapon was seized, a handgun," Putney said, "I can also tell you we did not find a book that has been made referenced to."

Others, such as Scott's family, have disputed information that he had a gun, saying that he was armed with nothing more than a book. However, a photo released by a source close to the investigation appeared to show a gun next to Scott's body.

The District Attorney's Office has asked for the SBI's assistance in the investigation at the request Scott’s family

Scott's wife, Rakeiya Scott, released a statement Wednesday night questioned statements put forward by law enforcement officials.

"After listening to remarks made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney today, we have more questions than answers about Keith's death. Rest assured, we will work diligently to get answers to our questions as quickly as possible."

Rakeiya also asked for peace.

"As a family, we respect the rights of those who wish to protest, but we ask that people protest peacefully. Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting," the statement read.

Demonstrators held a vigil for Scott on Wednesday night in uptown, but hundreds more joined the protests and marched through the streets of Charlotte. As dusk turned to night, the protests erupted into violence as the protesters engaged in skirmishes with CMPD officers in riot gear. 

Many protesters smashed windows of uptown businesses and caused thousands of dollars in property damage.

Law enforcement officials attempted to disperse the crowd, but many of them splintered off and attempted to block roadways.

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