St-Louis Metro Quik-Trip Destroyed by Looters

Aug 11, 2014

The QT at Ferguson, Missouri was destroyed by rioters.
Credit KMOX Radio-St.Louis

Streets in the Missouri community of Ferguson are relative quiet this morning. There's some debris left over from the unrest last night, when crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

More than 30 people were arrested on charges including assault, burglary and theft. Police say two officers suffered minor injuries.

The violence followed a candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by police in the St. Louis suburb. Police say Michael Brown was shot multiple times during a scuffle with an officer. The investigation into what led to the shooting continues.

Among the businesses that were looted last night was a Quik-Trip store.

The Tulsa based QT chain says no one was injured but the business was destroyed. Spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says the employees and at least one customer managed to get out of the store safely. He says it is too early to say if the store will be rebuilt. The store was looted and set set on fire.

Some in the crowd climbed atop police cars as officers with riot shields and batons stood nearby, trying to restrict access to the most seriously affected areas.

Mayor James Knowles says a "small group of people" created "a huge mess." He said, "We're only hurting ourselves, only hurting our community, hurting our neighbors."

Saturday's shooting has drawn criticism from some civil rights leaders. A board member of the NAACP says, "Yet again, a young African-American man has been killed by law enforcement."