People gather at Trade and Tryon Streets in uptown Charlotte, N.C., in protest of a police officer's fatal shooting Tuesday of Keith Lamont Scott, Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2016. Scott was shot at The Village at College Downs apartment complex in the University City area. Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer vigil turned into a second night of violence, with police firing tear gas at angry protesters and a man being critically wounded by gunfire.  (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)
People gather at Trade and Tryon Streets in uptown Charlotte, N.C., in protest of a police officer's fatal shooting Tuesday of Keith Lamont Scott, Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2016. Scott was shot at The Village at College Downs apartment complex in the University City area. Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer vigil turned into a second night of violence, with police firing tear gas at angry protesters and a man being critically wounded by gunfire. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP) Jeff Siner

Governor calls in National Guard

A STATE of emergency has been declared in the southern US state of North Carolina following violent protests in the city of Charlotte after the fatal police shooting of an African-American man.

The protests began on Tuesday after police shot dead Keith Lamont Scott, 43. Police said Mr Scott was armed and had refused to obey instructions, but both claims were disputed by witnesses. One protester is on life support after being shot during the unrest. Governor Pat McCrory announced on Twitter that he had deployed the National Guard.



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