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These searing photos show the grief and anger sweeping through the Charlotte protest

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Charlotte is a city on edge as protests over the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott continued deep into Wednesday night, prompting North Carolina governor Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency, and activate the state’s national guard. At least one person was critically wounded as protesters and police clashed, with reports of bottles being thrown, and officers firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

Scott, who was black, was killed Tuesday outside a Charlotte apartment complex by police officers who later said they were looking for a different person. According to police, Scott had exited his car armed with a pistol when law enforcement opened fire. However, Scott’s family claims he had simply been reading a book while waiting to pick up his son from school.

During a press conference Thursday morning, Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters he would honor a request from Scott’s family to show them video of the shooting, but had no plans to release footage to the public.

Scott’s death set off a wave of angry reactions across Charlotte, a city in which the 2013 killing of another black man, Jonathan Ferrell, by a white officer, is still fresh in many people’s minds. That officer, Randall Kerrick, was charged with manslaughter, but a jury failed to convict him for Ferrell’s death. Scott’s killing also came just days after police in Tulsa, OK, released footage showing the shooting of Terence Crutcher, who was also black, without any seeming provocation.

At Wednesday night’s protests, armor-clad police assembled, only to be stared down by unarmed protesters, their hands up, calling for accountability after this latest death.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Residents gather for a vigil and march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A demonstrator stares down law enforcement during protests September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. Protests in Charlotte began on Tuesday in response to the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A demonstrator shouts at law enforcement during protests September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. Protests in Charlotte began on Tuesday in response to the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Police clash with protestors as residents and activists protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Police clash with protestors as residents and activists protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Keith was shot and killed by police officers at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman gestures as she participates in a protest at Marshall Park September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC.The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte after clashes during protests in the city in response to the fatal shooting by police officers of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images

Some carried signs demanding justice, and recognition.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A demonstrator shouts while participating in protests September 21, 2016 in downtown Charlotte, NC. The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte after clashes during protests in the city in response to the fatal shooting by police officers of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Protestors march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Getty Images

As tensions escalated over the course of the night, glass and blood began peppering the streets.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Protestors march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Police officers engage demonstrators September 21, 2016 in downtown Charlotte, NC. Protests in Charlotte began on Tuesday in response to the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A Demonstrator shouts during protests September 21, 2016 in downtown Charlotte, NC. Protests in Charlotte began on Tuesday in response to the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A police officer tries to grab a demonstrator during protests September 21, 2016 in downtown Charlotte, NC. The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte after clashes during protests in the city in response to the fatal shooting by police officers of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 22: Demonstrators walk near a damaged bus on September 22, 2016 in downtown Charlotte, NC. The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte after clashes during protests in the city in response to the fatal shooting by police officers of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Police clash with protestors as residents and activists protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Keith was shot and killed by police officers at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A man looks at blood on the sidewalk in front of the Omni Hotel September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. Protests in Charlotte began on Tuesday in response to the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman smears blood on a police riot shield on September 21, 2016 in downtown Charlotte, NC. The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte after clashes during protests in the city in response to the fatal shooting by police officers of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Protesters tend to a seriously wounded protester in the parking area of the the Omni Hotel during a march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Police and protesters carry a seriously wounded protester into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel during a march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Getty Images

Police eventually launched tear gas and moved to clear the streets of protesters.

According to CNN, Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts has indicated she will consider imposing a curfew on her city should protests continue into the week.