Another Police Shooting and Another Night of Tear Gas in Ferguson, Missouri

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President Obama’s call for “reflection and understanding” following the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown was not heeded last night. St. Louis County police fired on an allegedly armed man not far from a third straight night of protests. Officers were responding to reports of men in masks with shotguns around 1 a.m., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, when they saw “multiple subjects running.” One turned back and pointed a handgun, according to the police account, and was left critically injured. 

And so the Michael Brown protesters’ defiant gesture and chant — “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” — takes on still more resonance.

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown outside Greater St. Marks Family Church while Brown’s family along with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and a capacity crowd of guests met inside to discuss the killing on August 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the nearby suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight the town remained mostly peaceful. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A mile away and less than an hour earlier, in a separate incident, a woman was shot in the head during what police suspect was a drive-by shooting. She’s suspected to survive.

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown outside Greater St. Marks Family Church while Brown’s family along with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and a capacity crowd of guests met inside to discuss the killing on August 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the nearby suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight the town remained mostly peaceful. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Protesters met again at the local QuikTrip gas station, the store looted and burned during chaotic demonstrations on Sunday, which has become the de facto center of the action. St. Louis police reportedly used tear gas once again to the disperse the crowds.

The place looks like a war zone, and there’s no resolution in sight.

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 12: Police take up position to control demonstrators who were protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight's protest was peaceful. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images