And by 4 p.m. that day, mayhem with hundreds of people gathered near 52nd and Chestnut streets, stealing shoes and apparel from — guess where — Footlocker. A nearby McDonald’s was also vandalized.
“All you gotta do is search Instagram and you will see the kids talking about what they are doing,” said Akayla Brown, 17. “They are talking to each other on social media. Some people are even posting about the stuff they steal."
“No Black-owned businesses got touched,” he says.
"They said, 'I’m sorry. I apologize,'" she said. "They just wanted to get what they wanted, to get and go."
She said it looked like there were working together.
"Someone took control of the traffic. Someone took control of looking out. I’ve never seen so much unity," she said. "I mean, unity in the destruction of things."
When they left Christine’s home, the looters broke into the check-cashing and convenience store next door. The store owner declined to be recorded, but he said looters broke into his ATM and stole $6,000. He says they also cleaned out his cash register, trashed the place and took hookah items and other products.
“Looters came like 2:30 in the morning, and they took almost everything,” said Masum Siddique, who has owned MN Wireless on 52nd Street for 20 years.
“I watched it all on camera while I was at home.”
He’s not sure if he’ll re-open.
Many say the young looters are not alone. Witnesses say they’ve gotten help from white individuals from outside of the neighborhood.
“I saw a white male, with a beige shirt and dark pants, place a incendiary device in front of the Family Bargain story on 52nd and Sansom streets," said Pamela Williams, a pastor. “Later I discovered the store had a blaze. And I saw it with my own eyes.”
Williams says she reported the incident to police.
“He was an agitator who was there to incite a riot,” she said. "He was not part of the individuals who were there protesting. And I saw what he did with my own eyes. And I am mad as hell.”
When Brown heard about the looting of the stores, and how it happened, she said, “I’m not surprised.”
She said she believes the looting and mayhem by young people will continue. They want their voices heard and won’t stop until someone listens.