A series of about three shots is heard on tape less than an hour after the decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson was made public in a televised announcement.
A man in the crowd warned of “Gunshots. Gunshots! Or Firecrackers?” “Those are gunshots,” another man in the crowd is heard saying. “No, they’re gunshots,” says the first man, correcting himself.
According to the man, a large number of police showed up on the scene immediately afterwards.
The National Journal also reported on the “possible gunshots”:
Already, there are reports of possible gunshots in Ferguson among large crowds. Obama asked police in the area “to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur.” While saying that police have a “tough job” to do, he asked that “as they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence.”
Who may have fired the shots and whether anyone was injured is not yet apparent.
St. Louis County police descended upon the crowd and blocked of the streets.
Nevertheless, on the ground reports have so far indicated peaceful crowds, with many protests chanting slogans such as “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” and “Whose streets? Our Streets.”
However, anything could happen from here.