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Shots fired in Ferguson amid protests on anniversary of shooting death

FERGUSON, Mo. – A demonstration along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., was disrupted by gunfire Sunday night.

Multiple shots rang out just after 11:15 p.m. Sunday. It was unclear where the shots came from. It wasn’t immediately clear whether anyone was hit.

Protesters who had gathered in the street fled in multiple directions, hiding behind cars and taking cover in buildings.

A police helicopter appeared overhead, shining a spotlight on the street. Dozens of police cars and an armored vehicle converged on the area.

Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Protesters had been warned to clear the roadway along West Florissant or face arrest.

Several hundred protesters who had gathered blocked traffic. An officer said through a bullhorn they would be arrested if they did not move.

Someone threw a glass bottle at officers but missed. Others cursed at officers.

For the first time in three nights of protests, some officers were dressed in riot gear, including bullet-proof vests and helmets with shields.

A grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice declined to prosecute Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, but the shooting touched off a national “Black Lives Matter” movement.