Hotels, businesses damaged in uptown during last night's protests

Protests have epicenter, Hornets store and businesses damaged through uptown Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Business owners and city officials have started the process of assessing the damage in uptown Charlotte after last night's protests. 

Several businesses in uptown and near the Epicentre were looted and broken into last night as several people protested the shooting death of Keith Scott.

Several uptown stores and hotels had their windows smashed and items stolen. The Charlotte Hornets team store at Time Warner Cable Arena was broken into and looted. Hotels in uptown had lobby doors and windows smashed by protesters.

Several uptown businesses such as Duke Energy, Wells Fargo and Bank of America are instructing their employees to work from home Thursday and did not come into uptown. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said early Thursday morning they are operating on a normal schedule. 

The protests started Tuesday after police said they had been searching for someone who had an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs complex on Old Concord Road when they saw Scott leave his car holding a gun.

CMPD said Scott got out, had a gun on him, and put the officers in imminent danger. Officer Brentley Vinson shot Scott. Both men were African-American, a police official said.

"Man was in his truck, reading a book waiting for his kid to come home," said a man on scene. "Cops shot him, for nothing."

Emergency services were called to the scene where they transported Scott to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

A man was shot in uptown during Wednesday night's protests, according to police. 

The man was shot as police in riot gear protected an upscale hotel in uptown Charlotte.

After the shooting, protesters began throwing bottles, dirt clods and fireworks at the officers. The police fired flash grenades and then tear gas back, dispersing the crowd of several hundred.

But groups of protesters kept marching around downtown, followed by police in riot gear who continued to fire tear gas at them.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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