Lunch Break (11/24/15): Car collides with CATS bus, hospitalizing nine



A car was left without a front end after colliding with a CATS bus near Uptown yesterday. Officials said nine people were taken to local hospitals following the wreck, which occurred at about 8 a.m. on Oaklawn Avenue at Ethel Guest Lane. It is unclear at this time what caused the accident. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A CMPD officer was struck by a vehicle on I-77 last night while chasing a suspect who took off on foot during a routine traffic stop. Officials said the female officer was pinned after a chain reaction crash, during which one vehicle hit another, sending the second into the officer. The incident happened near the Clanton Road exit. In this link from WSOC, a viewer video shows the officer sitting on the ground following the accident. She was reportedly sent to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspect who ran from her was captured, although his name has not been released. (WSOC Staff) 

Two people were injured in a shooting incident in Plaza Midwood last night, one of them seriously. Police responded to a shooting call near Commonwealth Avenue and Briar Creek Road. Both parties involved in the shooting, who reportedly knew each other, tried to get themselves to a hospital on their own, but one had to be transported by Medic. Police have not yet said whether anybody was taken into custody. (WCNC Staff) 

At last night's city council meeting, city manager Ron Carlee announced that he will be moving a Confederate monument that once sat on the lawn of the old city hall to Elmwood Cemetery. The monument has been sitting in storage since this summer, when it had to be removed for cleaning after someone spray painted the word "racist" across it. The idea to move it to Elmwood Cemetery, which sits across from the North Carolina Music Factory in Uptown, reportedly came from members of The Confederate Memorial Association of Charlotte, which paid for the monument. (Steve Harrison, Charlotte Observer) 

Five Black Lives matter protesters were shot late last night while protesting outside of a police precinct in Minneapolis. Witnesses said a group of white supremacists showed up at the protest and opened fire on a small group of about six protesters who tried to herd them away from the site of the rally. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries. No arrests have yet been made. (Mary Lynn Smith & Claude Peck, Minneapolis Star Tribune) 

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