A video has gone viral of what appears to be people fighting back against looters on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo. (See the video below)
The video, which takes place outside Hair World and Sky The Limit shows what appears to be people being chased away from the store.
You can see a person raise a gun and fire it in the direction of the people being chased away.
This is just one instance of looting that has taken place in Buffalo as a result of the blizzard, stores closed and lack of emergency response services.
Several 7-Eleven stores have been destroyed as well as Family Dollars, Dollar General, and even some local businesses including Aaron’s Rentals, Nickel City Liquor, Mr. Millenium Electronics and The Cellar. One looter even did it while live on social media. (See below).
Owners of The Cellar posted on Instagram that they were lucky enough to be able to get to the store before any serious damage was done. They posted a photo of the store emptied out as they removed all the inventory to prevent further theft.
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The caption read:
Once again, we had to clear out the store because of looting in the city. Store is EMPTY and we have 24hr armed security in place.
It’s sad that during a time like this people are trying to rob the businesses that support our city instead of coming together as a community to help each other. People are out there suffering with no power, no heat, stuck in their cars for days, literally just trying to survive and y’all are looting on elmwood instead of helping them.
We hope everyone is safe and enjoying Christmas as much as they can. We will keep you updated on re opening as the storm clears.
– The Cellar
Save-A-Lot on Genesee Street in Buffalo posted after what appears to be a response to looters at their store:
This location will be temporarily closed for AT LEAST 2-3 weeks while we reassess damage done to our store. At that time, a decision will be made if we keep this location open. Vendors should not make any deliveries.
Despite the NYS Police saying they were only aware of 2 instances of looting, social media shows a different story as several businesses were completely destroyed.
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