Gunshots Erupt in Ferguson as Car Hits Protester at Demonstration for Michael Brown

Protesters hide behind cars after gunfire erupts during a Michael Brown protest in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday night.  (ROBERT COHEN/AP)
Protesters hide behind cars after gunfire erupts during a Michael Brown protest in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday night. (ROBERT COHEN/AP)

A barrage of gunfire rang out at a Ferguson, Mo., protest late Tuesday, moments after a vehicle mowed down a protester on the two-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

The bullets — at least 20 rounds — erupted at around 9:15 p.m., within 30 seconds of the collision along W. Florissant Ave., the strip where rioters razed businesses during a spate of anti-police brutality demonstrations in 2014.

The victim had stepped onto the roadway as a crowd of protesters walked along the shoulder when a white car slammed him to the pavement, as seen in a live stream of the protest.

Shots were fired moments later as screaming witnesses surrounded the man and others chased the vehicle into the McDonald’s parking lot.

Protesters dived behind parked cars, but it’s unclear if anyone was wounded by the gunfire.

A witness said the shooter was targeting the vehicle whose female driver hit the man and tried to flee from an angry mob that chased after her.

“A young lady pulled out a gun and tried shooting out her tires,” Ferguson Freedom Fighters organizer Larry Miller told the Daily News. “They were chasing the car, she was driving to get away because she didn’t know it was a dead end in the McDonald’s parking lot.”

Another video, posted to Facebook, shows a woman screaming, “Somebody needs to stop her,” before the shooter opened fire.

The impact knocked one of the victim’s shoes off and left him lying on the road in a fetal position until a friend carried him to safety. The unidentified man had blood on his face, visible in photos from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Miller said the shooter vanished as police descended upon the chaotic scene.

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Source: New York Daily News | NICOLE HENSLEY