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(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) —  A prayer vigil in honor of Keith Lamont Scott turned into a violent protest Wednesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, as riot gear-wearing police fired small canisters of tear gas at bottle-throwing protesters and one of the protesters was killed by another civilian, not a police officer.

Regarding the fatality, the city of Charlotte tweeted that police “did not fire shot” at the deceased.

ALERT: Fatal shot uptown was civilian on civilian. @CMPD did not fire shot.

— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) September 22, 2016

And Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department public information officer Cindy Wallace said Wednesday night, “Officers responded to North College Street and East Trade Street to an ADW call for service at approximately 8:31 p.m. One person was located with an apparent gunshot wound and transported to CMC Main. This is all the information I have at this time.”

Scott is the armed man fatally shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police at an apartment complex Sunday in the North Carolina. His wife issued a statement Wednesday afternoon addressing the protesters, and urging them to exercise restraint against law enforcement officers.

“As a family, we respect the rights of those who wish to protest, but we ask that people protest peacefully,” the statement read. “Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting.

Hundreds of protesters Wednesday night shouted slogans, including “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter” while filling the streets of downtown Charlotte.

After protesters rushed riot gear-wearing police, they responded by firing tear gas at the protesters to disperse the crowd.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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