Calls put out to help cleanup shattered storefronts around St. Louis

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A public event and request to help clean up the overnight unrest in St. Louis is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A flyer being circulated on Facebook says "show up for St. Louis -- restore our city."

Volunteers are asked to wear a mask, grab work gloves and a broom, then show up in "North STL, Grand & Cass, Downtown STL, South STL & more"

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed says those with property damage can call 314-622-4114 for help. There's also a GoFundMe setup to help the "small businesses that were damaged during the destruction of the events of June 1."

"Nearly every area of our city was in the pathway of last night’s destruction. The people who caused this widespread damage were after anarchy and not justice," Reed posted on Facebook. "Join me in solidarity to repair and restore St. Louis after a destructive night. Come out and help sweep up glass from shattered storefronts, pick up debris and lend a helping hand to our city in need."

At 2am Tuesday, St. Louis Police, the Missouri National Guard, Missouri Highway Patrol and St. Louis County Police were still working to restore the peace.4 @SLMPD officers were shot & wounded. Here's what a visibly shaken Chief John Hayden had to say:

— KMOX St. Louis News (@kmoxnews) June 2, 2020

The first warning to disperse from police, to the angry protesters that gathered near downtown St. Louis, was followed by fireworks shot at officers. Police began shooting tear gas just before 9 p.m. and things deteriorated from there.

The 7-Eleven was looted, then set ablaze, other downtown businesses were subject to smash and grabs.

There were reports of both looting and fires at stores around Grand Boulevard and Cass Avenue on the northside.

The emergency response to property damage was slow because of the neverending gunfire and some firefighters were shot at and had rocks thrown at them.

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