FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – At least two officers suffered injuries and 32 people were arrested after a prayer vigil for an 18-year-old killed by a Ferguson police officer escalated into rioting and looting Sunday night in Ferguson, Missouri.
Brian Schellman, with the St. Louis County Police Department, said close to 300 police officers from at least 15 different departments were called to Ferguson when angry mobs began smashing windows, setting fires and looting businesses in the area.
Schellman said a St. Louis County officer injured his knee while at a Foot Locker store during the rioting. He said another officer was injured when he had a brick thrown at him.
Throughout the evening, numerous cop cars sustained damage and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said someone in a yellow pickup truck fired shots at officers while circling a WalMart parking lot. Chief Jackson said he got into a cop car to give chase to the truck but the truck got away.
Police said shots were also fired at a police helicopter in the area.
Early Monday morning, Schellman said 32 people had been arrested, but he expected the number to increase.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III and Chief Jackson told News 4 they are confident the people who rioted last night are from Jennings and Dellwood, not Ferguson.
Police also responded to reports of shootings throughout the area. At one point, windows of a News 4 live truck were smashed out by the angry crowd.
One witness told News 4 a group of people attempted to steal an ATM from a gas station.
Tear gas was reportedly used by police in some areas.
Two groups of protesters gathered around 8:00 Sunday night in Ferguson to bring awareness to the death of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed by police Saturday.
Police set up a staging area at West Florissant and Ferguson Road. Police also staged at the Plaza at the Boulevard parking lot, where officers were seen putting on riot gear. Dozens of police vehicles were on scene, from all over St. Louis County, including Chesterfield, Country Club Hills and the Missouri Highway Patrol.