Protests erupt in St. Louis after fatal, cop-involved #shawshooting [pics]

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— Anonymous (@YourAnonGlobal) October 09, 2014

The hashtag #shawshooting was trending late tonight after south St. Louis residents took to the streets following a fatal, officer-involved shooting incident. News consumers should learn from the past and be wary of inflammatory claims made by overzealous advocates on all sides. But, alas, many won’t.

Here’s the story for now. The victim’s name has been identified as VonDeritt Myers. He was reportedly holding a sandwich, which was reportedly mistaken for a gun.

Fatal officer involved shooting in south St. Louis leads to crowd unrest #STL

— FOX2now (@FOX2now) October 9, 2014

His name was VonDerrit Myers, Jr. #16shots #STL is #Ferguson #FergusonIsSTL

— Stephen Houldsworth (@sfhouldsworth) October 9, 2014

I see @Stltoday changed the victim's name to Vonderrit Myers. Can anyone confirm that is correct? #shawshooting #16times

— Sean Jordan (@seanjjordan) October 9, 2014

Wearing a hoodie, walking in the street, playing w/ toys & eating a sandwich are now Capital Offense. #ShawShooting #16Times #VonderritMyers

— Delonte (@mettawordlife83) October 9, 2014

And here’s the scene at the intersection of Shaw and Klemm, plus the surrounding area where marchers have gathered. Not all of them are congregating “peacefully,” unfortunately.

Pray for nonviolence, no more death tonight. Violence will not solve this But there will be no peace until deep truth is told & change made

— Mike Kinman (@MKinman) October 9, 2014

RT @Patricialicious: They just broke out the back window of a police truck.

— Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun) October 9, 2014

Protesters marching down middle of Grand, police have traffic shut down, but there is no police presence

— David Carson (@PDPJ) October 9, 2014

Just smashed cop window #shawshooting

— Ryan Frank (@ryanfrank314) October 9, 2014

Grand Ave shut down at 44 protesters confronting police

— David Carson (@PDPJ) October 9, 2014

Suspect's aunt cries: "they shot my Drew 16 times. All he had was a sandwich" ; fatal police shooting Klemm&Shaw So StL @FOX2now

— Andy Banker (@andybankertv) October 9, 2014

Threats at police hurled from crowd at shooting scene at Shaw&Klemm in SoSTL; officer wrkng 2dary security shot,killed suspect @FOX2now

— Andy Banker (@andybankertv) October 9, 2014

#shawshooting "All you need to know" and why things aren't adding up.

— IG:OverlyLiked (@OverlyLiked) October 9, 2014

Crowd is breaking windows on an @SLMPD car.

— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann) October 9, 2014

Crowd gathered at Klemm and Shaw near site of fatal shooting by @SLMPD officer.

— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann) October 9, 2014

At Klemm and Shaw, just heard several shots south of me in Shaw.

— Valerie Schremp Hahn (@valeriehahn) October 9, 2014

Glass from back window of squad car #shawshooting

— Mariah Randi Stewart (@MzzzMariah) October 9, 2014

Chanting "Our Streets!" and walking down #Shaw avenue. #shawshooting #STL

— Matthew Wyczalkowski (@MaciekStL) October 9, 2014

#ShawShooting area NOW #16times #16shots

— Charles Wade (@akacharleswade) October 9, 2014

Intersection of grand and gravois shut down #shawshooting

— Mariah Randi Stewart (@MzzzMariah) October 9, 2014

There have been Twitter calls for “avenging” the victim’s death.

#VonderritMyers #MikeBrown #Martyrs

— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) October 9, 2014

@TheAnonMessage We have already begun !!! #shutitdown

— WARP USA (@warp_usa) October 9, 2014

Sure it is RT@onthewrite: Vengeance is not justice. #VonderritMyers

— D▲ЯK TW▲INΞ (@DillEsq) October 9, 2014

A plea for calm. Let’s hope it’s not futile.

Stay safe and calm. Real sustainable change takes time. Use this moment wisely. #ShawShooting

— tchamplin (@tchamplin) October 9, 2014

Update 2:20am. St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson held a press briefing late tonight to provide more details of the gun battle between the officer and the 18-year-old victim.

BREAKING: @ChiefSLMPD: 18-year old suspect fired 3 shots before gun jammed, but kept pulling trigger. #shawshooting #stl #Ferguson

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 9, 2014

#ShawShooting @ChiefSLMPD: Ballistics show suspect fired at least 3 rounds at the officer

— KSDK NewsChannel 5 (@ksdknews) October 9, 2014

@ChiefSLMPD : ballistics from behind officer confirm suspect was armed; officer was not hurt @FOX2now

— Andy Banker (@andybankertv) October 9, 2014

From @ChiefSLMPD: This is not about painting a picture, it's about getting to the truth. #shawshooting

— Cassidy Moody (@CassFM) October 9, 2014

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