The Minneapolis Fire Department said in a statement Thursday that firefighters responded to approximately 30 fires overnight, including at least 16 structure fires. No civilians or firefighters were injured in the blazes.
Footage showed buildings on fire in Minneapolis in the early hours of Thursday. A report by The Wall Street Journal said residents took morning walks over broken glass and a McDonald's was recognizable only by its salvaged drive-through menu after the riot.
On the edge of the shopping plaza that included the looted Target, a resident told local media she had been sitting in her car since before sunset, just in case she needed to leave quickly. "We're afraid to go to bed," said the woman, who declined to give her name. "I've never seen this."
Amid the riot, the owner of a nearby pawn shop shot and killed a person suspected of looting his building. Police are investigating the shooting with one suspect in custody.
A video shared on Twitter by Minnesota Public Radio photojournalist Evan Frost showed people gathering again outside local police's Third Precinct by mid-morning. Officers stood with face shields around the building and on its roof.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called for the city to remain calm in a plea to his residents overnight.
"Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy," he tweeted.
The mayor and Floyd's family on Wednesday called for the arrests of the officers involved in his death, and federal authorities on Thursday promised a "robust criminal investigation."
A sreengrab from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's Twitter account on May 28, 2020, shows he tweeted on May 27, 2020, that "George Floyd deserves justice. The Black community deserves justice. His friends and family deserve justice." (Xinhua)