Charlotte Protests: The Travel Impact in a Hub City
Photo: Charlotte Douglas International Airport. (Photo via Wikipedia)
On Wednesday night, a citizen was shot in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the second night of violent protests after the fatal police shooting of an African-American man named Keith Lamont Scott, according to CBSNews.com.
While Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney originally told Fox News that the person shot during the protests had died from his wounds, the City of Charlotte’s official Twitter account said that the civilian was on life support:
CORRECTION UPDATE: Civilian who suffered gunshot wound during protests is on life support, critical condition. Not deceased.— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) September 22, 2016
As for travel to the region, Charlotte Douglas International Airport was experiencing no notable delays or cancellations, according to Federal Aviation Administration. While travel in downtown Charlotte will be tougher as protests continue, all major modes of transportation in the city are still fully operational.
The protests began as a downtown prayer vigil before a group of protesters began to make their way toward downtown Charlotte. Officers in riot gear lined up out front of the Omni hotel, and were pelted with bottles and dirt thrown by protesters.
After the shooting took place, police began firing flash grenades and tear gas into the crowd, and protesters threw fireworks before the majority of the group dispersed. For those protestors who remained, riot police worked to send the crowds away.
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