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Clashes after US police shoot black man

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- A second night of race-related clashes in Charlotte, North Carolina has left one protester on life support, with the renewed violence prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.

Several hundred people taunted riot police late Wednesday amid clashes in the city center, a second night of unrest ignited by the fatal police shooting of a black man.

Governor Pat McCrory said on Twitter that he was activating the National Guard and Highway Patrol officers to assist local law enforcement.

"We cannot tolerate violence. We cannot tolerate the destruction of property and will not tolerate the attacks towards our police officers that are occurring right now, and I feel very strongly about that," the governor later told CNN. "That is not the American way."

The protests were sparked by the death of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, fatally shot in an apartment complex parking lot on Tuesday after an encounter with officers searching for a suspect wanted for arrest.

A protester was critically wounded and on life support, the city said, after erroneously reporting that the person had died. Authorities had said the protester was shot by a civilian, adding that police did not open fire.

An AFP reporter at the scene of the protests outside the Omni Charlotte hotel saw a man who was apparently shot falling to the ground, bleeding heavily.

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Debris falls upon Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers and protesters as officers began to push protesters from the intersection near the Epicentre in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday, Sept. 21. (AP)

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