Vandalism reported after vigil for Missouri man

Police say he struggled over gun before officer shot him

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FERGUSON, Mo. — A few thousand people crammed a suburban St. Louis street Sunday night at a vigil for an unarmed black man shot and killed by a police officer, while afterward several stores were looted and car windows were smashed.

The candlelight gathering was for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who police said was shot multiple times Saturday after a scuffle involving the officer and two people in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of the city

At the vigil, people placed candles, flowers and a teddy bear at the exact location where Mr. Brown was killed. One group of young men broke off to spray paint “R.I.P. Michael” on the street.

Afterward, an Associated Press reporter saw some people looting a convenience store. Several other stores along a main road near the shooting scene were broken into and looted.

People were seen carrying armloads of goods such as bags of food and toilet paper. Police kept watch on the crowd but did not appear to be intervening.

Other witnesses reported seeing people vandalize police cars and kick in windows. Witnesses said the police refrained from retaliating.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Hundreds of local residents had protested the shooting earlier in the day.

Jon Belmar, St. Louis County police chief, said the shooting occurred after an officer encountered two people — one of whom was Mr. Brown — on the street near an apartment complex in Ferguson.

Chief Belmar said one of the men pushed the officer back into his squad car and a struggle began. Chief Belmar said at least one shot was fired from the officer’s gun inside the police car.

The struggle spilled out into the street, where Mr. Brown was shot multiple times.

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