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Officers recovering, Ferguson neighborhood reeling after police shooting

Two police officers are recovering Thursday after a shooting outside the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday morning.

This happened as protests outside the department started to quiet, starting a turbulent investigation involving nearly a dozen law enforcement departments.

County Police and Highway Patrol will handle security outside the department.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters early Thursday they would have to re-evaluate how things are done moving forward.

Police removed the yellow crime scene tape from in front of the police department Thursday afternoon, where it blocked traffic for 14 hours.

Police said the shooter fired from up a hill, about a football field away from the line of officers blocking the parking lot of the police department.

ABC 17 News talked to one woman who lives in that neighborhood with her three children, the youngest 3 years old.

She described what happened just moments after she heard those gunshots that came just down the street.

“What do you say about gunshots besides get on the floor? How do you tell your kids that it’s okay, you’re not going to get hurt? But bullets don’t have a name on them. They don’t have a proclaim on who they’re going to get hit,” she said.

An officer told ABC 17 both protesters and people in the neighborhood provided some useful information to help find the shooter.

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