Shops in downtown Philadelphia's Market Street and Chesnut Street were seen boarding up windows and doors on Wednesday, bracing for more violence following the the past two nights looting in West Philadelphia and Port Richmond.
«We got our stuff boarded up because we don't want nobody breaking into our store,» a restaurant manager said. «It's not fair to the people that work, do you know what I'm saying? Because they are messing up people that have like, black-owned businesses and they own businesses and they are just tearing it up for no reason,» she added.
Philadelphia will be under a curfew from 9pm Wednesday until 6am, after two nights of protests in response to the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. turned violence, resulting in looting in some cases.
Twenty-seven-year-old Wallace Jr. was shot as officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon in the Cobbs Creek neighbourhood.
Wallace was allegedly armed with a knife. According to the officers, he was shot several times when he advanced towards them.
The man's father said that his son was on medication as he struggled with mental health issues.