Howard University Grad Mya Aaten-White Shot in Ferguson, Missouri

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    Howard University alumna Mya Aaten-White said she was shot in the head while protesting in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday. News4's Kristin Wright reports. (Published Friday, Aug 15, 2014)

    Howard University alumna Mya Aaten-White said she was shot in the head while protesting in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday.

    Aaten-White, a 2012 graduate of Howard, posted an Instagram photo of herself bloodied and bandaged in the back of an ambulance Wednesday. Her condition is unknown.

    Several hours later, she posted that she had been "shot in the head," was "in custody" and her life was "intact."

    A Howard University spokeswoman who knew Aaten-White confirmed the Instagram photo was Aaten-White and said the university is aware of her injury.

    No information was available about who may have shot Aaten-White, or when, or whether the incident was related to the protests.

    As the protests have consumed Ferguson for the last five days, information from the Ferguson police about specific cases has been scarce. Aaten-White was not mentioned in a Ferguson police press conference today; the police department phones have rung busy throughout the day.

    According to her LinkedIn page, Aaten-White had been living and working in St. Louis as a legal assistant.

    Hundreds of people, including Aaten-White, have taken to the streets of Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, to protest the death of an unarmed teenager. 

    Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by a police officer after authorities say he was involved in an altercation with the officer Saturday night. The death of the unarmed black teen has incited protests nationwide.