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Though most leave by curfew, Ferguson, MO, site of shooting, smoke and tear gas

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Tear gas and smoke were deployed overnight in Ferguson, MO. (Source: KMOV/CNN) Tear gas and smoke were deployed overnight in Ferguson, MO. (Source: KMOV/CNN)
Gov. Jay Nixon set a midnight curfew in the city that has been rocked by a week of protests over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. (Source: CNN) Gov. Jay Nixon set a midnight curfew in the city that has been rocked by a week of protests over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. (Source: CNN)
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FERGUSON, MO (RNN/CNN) - There was reports of a shooting and a male victim in critical condition, as well as seven arrests overnight in the community roiled in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, CNN reported early Sunday night.

Tear gas was deployed in connection to the shooting in an attempt to get to the shooting victim at Red's barbecue restaurant and not in relation to the curfew enforcement, Capt. Ron Johnson said in a news conference early Sunday morning.

He said the deployment of tear gas was "a proper response" to the situation.

"We brought out the tactical unit. They got on the street at what time they looked through the binoculars, and a subject came out into the street holding a handgun," Johnson said. He also said someone shot at a police car. 

St. Louis alderman Antonio French, who has been outspoken in the weeklong protests, criticized those who were adding violence to the volatile mix in Ferguson.

"I can tell you firsthand that some of the people that remained tonight were armed, were ready for a fight and wanted to injure police," he said via a tweet. "It's important to differentiate the protesters from those violent opportunists that are not thinking about Mike Brown or justice."

Several media reports on the scene indicated that the crowds dwindled significantly ahead of midnight, with the majority of protesters choosing to obey the curfew.

CNN reported at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday that police fired smoke canisters on a group who stayed, a crowd estimated to made of anywhere from 50 to 150 people. The police force also used high-pitched noises to discourage the group.

Dozens of officers from the nearby St. Louis Metro Police Department were protecting private property in the area.

Gov. Jay Nixon set a midnight curfew in the city that has been rocked by a week of protests over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Protesters in the city have been calling for an indictment against police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown a week ago.

Police officers on Saturday night were seen standing guard outside businesses after looters targeted stores Friday night.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. CNN contributed to this report.

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