FERGUSON, MO (KMOV/CNN) - Tensions are running high after a teenager was shot and killed by police on Saturday.
Witnesses say the 18-year old was unarmed, and the shooting was unprovoked.
Officers were asking for calm in the neighborhood.
“We wasn't causing harm to nobody. We had no weapons on us at all,” Dorian Johnson said. He was walking home from a convenience store with his friend, Mike Brown. They were walking on the street when a police officer in a vehicle told the boys to get out of the street.
Dorian Johnson says they kept walking, causing the officer to confront the boys, first from his car, then he got out of the car, firing a shot. He said he and Brown were scared and ran away from the officer.
“He shot again, and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air and started to get down,” Dorian Johnson said. “And the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”
Instantly, hundreds gathered, angered and saddened by what they call a complete over-reaction by the officer.
A family demanded answers.
“You took my son away from me,” Brown’s mother said. “You know how hard it was to keep in school to graduate? You know how many black men graduate? Not many, because you bring them down to this type of level, when they fell like they don't got nothing to live for anyway. They're going to try to take me out anyway.”
The crowd became more angered, even someone firing shots. No one else was hurt.
Meanwhile, Brown's body laid in the street for hours.
“The shots that were being fired were very close to the scene,” Police Chief Thomas Jackson said. “We needed to make sure the crime scene was safe, so we could safely without conflict move everyone back far enough.”
Thomas Jackson said the St. Louis County Police Department is handling the investigation of the shooting and says as standard procedure, the officer has been put on paid administrative leave.
“We do want this investigated fully and that's why we asked for the outside help to do that,” Thomas Jackson said. “Our main mission is to protect the community. That's why we're out here.”
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