NBC News producer Jennifer Roller said protests outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police department had started “to calm down for the evening” when multiple gunshots rang out early Thursday.
"It sounded like firecrackers, that’s what we thought at first, but when everybody hit the floor and the police said, 'Get down, get down,' and guns were drawn, we all hit the floor," Roller told Savannah Guthrie. "It was a frightening moment."
Two officers were shot, one in the face and the other in the shoulder, authorities reported. Both men were released from the hospital on Thursday, police said. In a press conference on Thursday, a police officer said that both were lucky to be alive.
Immediately after the shots were fired, Roller said:
- Police shouted for her crew and other civilians to run for cover: “We were on our knees next to the police officers. And there were no more shots fired but it was a very, very tense few moments.”
- An ambulance made its way to the scene and carried away one of the injured officers: "From our vantage point at the end of the driveway, it appeared he was not sitting up, but at least not lying down. We got the impression he might not be in too bad of shape, but we weren't close enough."
This article was originally published Mar. 12, 2015 at 7:34 a.m. ET.