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(Reuters) - An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police at a gas station late on Tuesday in a St. Louis suburb near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media said.
A live video feed showed the gas station cordoned off by yellow tape and guarded by police, some in helmets and carrying riot shields, with bystanders shouting at them in a tense standoff.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported that some 60 people had gathered at the scene and that at least three people were arrested. Images and video footage showed what appeared to be smoke and loud bangs, although it was not clear whether it was the bystanders or the police that had caused them.
Dear Black America,
Without a doubt it is an unspeakable tragedy when an unarmed young man is shot down by police who are either too afraid or too prejudiced to correctly do their jobs. There is never an excuse for the killing of an innocent - regardless of race.
When this happens not only do I understand your rage, I share it.
But not every young man of color who dies from police gunfire is an innocent or a Saint. There are those who do have guns and who do point them or attempt to shoot first. Anyone who points a gun at a cop risks death. This is just a fact of life in America.
Now we find ourselves at a point where it seems many black people see every police shooting of a black man as the taking of an innocent life, even when it is not. Hatred rises, riots erupt, and countless lives are scarred in the process.
I understand your pain. I understand your rage. But I also understand that absolutism and blind hatred lead to destruction and nothing more. For all that is holy, for the future of our children - the ones too little to understand any of it - we must fix this. We must mend these bridges.
According to a statement from St. Louis County police spokesman Sgt. Brian Schellman, a Berkeley police officer was conducting a routine business check at a gas station around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when he saw two men and approached them.
One of the men pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer, Schellman said. The officer fired several shots, striking and fatally wounding the man.
The second man fled, and the dead man's handgun has been recovered, according to Schellman.
originally posted by: Ceeker63
a reply to: Dark Ghost Am I the only wondering why this is the second shooting in St. Louis area? It seems to be localized. Or are the law enforcement officers there just more prone to shoot first, instead of defusing a situation?
originally posted by: ~Lucidity
ETA: I think the current headline on this thread (Police shoot black teen at Missouri gas station) is inaccurate, misleading, and incendiary and should be changed for a second time. The person who got shot aimed a gun at a police officer.