Brad Choat (@choatsnews )By Brad Choat

HERMANN, Mo. (KMOX) – The Gasconade County sheriff is questioning media reports of an NAACP bus window being shot out in the small town of Rosebud, Missouri, on Wednesday during the group’s week-long Journey For Justice march from Ferguson to the state capitol in Jefferson City.

“At no time were there any gunshots reported. At no time did anybody report any damage or gunfire. Nothing like that was ever reported to us,” Randy Esphorst told KMOX on Friday.

Esphorst says he is ready, willing, and able to meet with any representative of the NAACP, or the federal government, or whomever to talk about the incident.

He says he wishes contact would’ve been made as soon as the broken window was discovered so any evidence could remain untouched.

“They arrived in Jefferson City, and then miraculously there was a gunshot through the back window that occurred in Rosebud. How that connection was made has not been explained to me, ” Esphorst said.

The sheriff says his deputies made sure counter protesters along Highway 50 in Rosebud did not block the path of the march.

KMOX has learned some counter protesters shouted racial slurs at the marchers and some painted chalk outlines in the roadway that said “shoot first.”

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