One business was destroyed and about a dozen others in north St. Louis County were looted overnight following a day of protests and vigils in remembrance of a St. Louis teen killed by Ferguson Police on Saturday. Officers from several municipalities were called in around 10 p.m. to help bring roving bands of looters under control. Authorities say a QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue was among the first businesses hit. It was looted and then set on fire. The other businesses were located along a three-mile stretch on West Florrisant near Interstate 270. Police say that two officers and one civilian were injured during the incident. Authorities also made more than 30 arrests before the area was cleared earlier this morning.
Earlier Sunday, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the victim in Saturday’s shooting, 18-year old Michael Brown, assaulted a Ferguson Police officer in a patrol car before the officer shot him several times. The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave. The FBI has taken over the investigation.
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