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Reports: Black Panther Party member advocating violence against police following shooting

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KTVI) – Authorities say one man is in the hospital after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers in Ferguson.

Around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, officers say four men in ski masks with shotguns approached a crowd of people.

Police heard shots being fired and saw people running from the area.

KTVI says one officer chased a suspected shooter.

According to KTVI, authorities say the suspected gunman pointed a handgun at the officer.

The man was shot and taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The officer was not injured.

The group’s actions have not been linked to violent protests in the area following the death of a teenager.

However, police are on alert after a warning from the FBI.

KTVI says it has also received an alert from the FBI, claiming a new Black Panther Party member is advocating violence against law enforcement in response to the shooting of Michael Brown.

Last weekend, the 18-year-old was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer.

Witnesses to Brown’s shooting say he was unarmed and had his hands in the air when the police officer shot him.

Authorities tell a different story.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the officer tried to get out of his vehicle just before the shooting, but Brown pushed him back into his car.

Brown “physically assaulted” the officer, Belmar said, and the teen tried to get the officer’s weapon.

Brown was shot about 35 feet from the vehicle, the chief said, declining to provide more details.

Response to the killing has been swift and violent.

Dozens of protesters have been arrested after breaking into businesses, setting stores on fire and looting.