ARMED GUARDS WITH AR-15s Save North St. Louis Strip Mall From Looters

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Mike Gutierrez (left) and Adam Weinstein (third from left) brought guns to guard their store during the riots in Ferguson in August. (River Front Times)

The “security team” was back out standing guard at the plaza last night.

About 20 men with handguns stood guard at the Greystone Plaza last night.
The St.Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

Along West Florissant just north of 270, in Greystone Plaza, about 20 men with handguns and AR-15 rifles stood around the perimeter of the parking lot, guarding the dozen or so stores.

They estimated that 100 cars had come by throughout the night, seemingly to check the place out, but turned away.

Mike Cross, the owner of St. Louis Ink at the plaza, said: “There’s nothing in this strip mall open, so you’re going to get scrutinized.”

The strip mall had been hit by vandals soon after the shooting in August.

The men wore masks and carried handguns and AR-15 rifles.
The Daily Journal reported:

A couple miles north of the police station, about six men stood in front of Greystone Plaza, a small shopping center that had been looted soon after the Michael Brown shooting in August. The men wore masks and carried handguns and AR-15 rifles.

“I will definitely call police first,” in case the store sees trouble, said St. Louis Ink Tattoo studio owner Mike Cross, 35. “We are not trigger happy by any means. We all have families, and homes and vehicles and bills. So this place cannot go anywhere.”

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Greystone Plaza on West Florissant

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