Hours Before Curfew, Protesters Clash With Police in Ferguson

People try to escape from tear gas launched by police in Ferguson, Mo. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.
In the hours leading up to the midnight curfew in Ferguson, Mo., police in riot gear and military equipment fired tear gas and smoke projectiles into a large crowd of protesters, still angered over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a local police officer.
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A person is treated with milk at the local McDonald's after being hit with tear gas from police in Ferguson, Mo. on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Interrupting what had been a mostly calm day of protester activity and church serices, tensions in the area began to rise around 8:30 p.m. local time as bystanders milled in the streets as police looked on, according to various reports from people on the ground in Ferguson reporting via social media.
Around that time, the St. Louis Police Department sent out a Twitter message reporting that shots had been fired, and shortly thereafter confirmed that there was at least one shooting victim.
Not long after those messages, the same police Twitter feed reported that Molotov cocktails had been thrown. Additional reports from bystanders broadcast on NBC News indicated that some were also throwing rocks at the police.
And at about the same time, someone threw stones through the plate-glass windows of the local McDonalds on West Florissant Street, near the epicenter of the past week of protests.
Soon after, police fired tear gas into crowd. Video feeds showed the police, equipped in riot gear, advancing on the crowd. An 8-year-old boy was reportedly hit by tear gas.

UPDATE, Aug. 17, 10:53 p.m. ET: Nearly an hour after the first reports of shots fired, the St. Louis Police Department reported that additional shots had been fired.
Additional reports from bystanders revealed that the local McDonald's had been looted.
This story is developing… 

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