3 people shot in Ferguson as new protests break out

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FERGUSON, MO-- Three people were shot in separate incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, on late Tuesday and early Wednesday as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in support of protests in Baltimore.

Police say two people were shot in the neck and a third was shot in the leg. A 20-year-old man from St. Louis County was arrested in connection with the shooting of the third victim.

The three shooting victims are listed in stable condition.

The city of Ferguson says that 300 people were in the streets when the shootings occurred.

"Police are having a difficult time investigating because of the rocks being thrown at them," said Jeff Small, a spokesman for the city of Ferguson. "At this point police are not sure if the (shootings are) linked to the protest or not."

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French posted video on his Twitter account. Multiple gunshots can be heard as people flee in panic.

Demonstrators set a portable toilet on fire. One person can be seen squirting what appears to be lighter fluid on it.

The renewed tensions in Ferguson follow rioting in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old was arrested by police on April 12 and died one week later from a fatal spinal cord injury.

Gray's the latest black man to die after an encounter with police.

Similar deaths over the last year include Michael Brown in Ferguson; Eric Garner in New York; and Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Sara Sidner, Tina Burnside and Dave Alsup contributed to this report

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