The rioting in downtown Charlotte, NC continues tonight after midnight. In the latest shocking moment, the rioters entered highway 277 (the loop around downtown) and began blocking traffic, surrounding cars, and even climbing onto some of them. See below.

Needless to say, if you are in the Charlotte area tonight, be careful, and avoid downtown by at least two miles.

And remember this, no matter how you feel about the grievances being aired or the situations that precipitated these events:

UPDATE: Police clearing the highway, but it is still blocked to new traffic.