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Protesters, police clash outside Trump rally

Posted: 10:43 PM, May 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-25 07:58:31Z
Protests turned violent outside a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday evening, with demonstrators throwing bottles and rocks at police, and officers responding with smoke canisters, according to CNN and other sources.
 
The protesters reportedly shattered a glass door by pelting items outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.
 
In the midst of the chaos, the Republican presidential front-runner and presumptive nominee won yet another primary, this time in the state of Washington.
 
Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters – many critical of Trump's immigration stance -- gathered at the New Mexico event, sometimes crossing metal barricades in an effort to enter the building.
 
NBC News reports that protesters also burned pro-Trump flags and signs.
 
Initial reports stated gunshots were heard at the scene, but Albuquerque's police department clarified on Twitter that "no confirmation" of gunshots had been made.
"There is no confirmation that any gunshots were fired, contrary to reports. Possible damage to Convention Center Windows by pellet gun," the department tweeted.
 
CNN reports that Trump has already left the event.
 
Police noted on Twitter that the smoke they used to thwart protesters was not tear gas and that no arrests had been made outside the rally.
 
After a while it appeared things had settled down a bit, with Albuquerque police tweeting, "Appears that most of the @realDonaldTrump protestors have left & remaining contingent is only looking to cause trouble & be destructive."
 
Meanwhile, Trump’s win in Washington Tuesday brought his delegate count to 1,196 as he inches closer to the 1,237 needed to secure the GOP nomination.