The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that one person was shot and at least seven others arrested after a group of protesters defied a curfew imposed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson says officers responded to a restaurant near the intersection of West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive just after midnight. Authorities used smoke to break up that incident. Moments later police responded to a report of a shooting in the same area. Johnson says tear gas was deployed to break up a crowd in that area, in an effort to get to the victim. The male victim was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. His condition is unknown at this time. During that time, shots were also reportedly fired at a police vehicle. Both incidents remain under investigation.

The small protests began Saturday afternoon after Governor Nixon responded to Friday night's looting and violence by declaring a state of emergency imposing a curfew from midnight until 5 a.m in Ferguson.

Nixon also reported that the U.S. Department of Justice and The FBI are increasing their efforts as the investigation into the shooting death of 18-year old Michael Brown continues.

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