UPDATE: Police issuing dispersal orders in St. Paul as crowds grow, officers being assaulted

Updated: May 28, 2020 06:18 PM
Created: May 28, 2020 12:44 PM

People gather in the Midway Target parking lot Thursday. | KSTP/Chopper 5 People gather in the Midway Target parking lot Thursday. | KSTP/Chopper 5

St. Paul police are asking people to avoid parts of the city as crowd sizes increase Thursday.

Police asked people to avoid the areas near the 1400 block of University Avenue, the 1700 block of Suburban Avenue, and others.

Police said officers in those areas have been hit with rocks, liquor bottles and bricks.

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St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter expressed his thoughts on the situation via Twitter Thursday afternoon.

The St. Paul Police Department also reported a fire at TJ Maxx on the 1400 block of University Avenue. 

The department later said officers were still being hit with rocks and bottles thrown by people who were also breaking into buildings, looting and destroying property. They urged people to stay away from the Midway area.

Meanwhile, dozens of people tried to loot the Midway Target in St. Paul Thursday.

According to St. Paul Police, a group of 50 to 60 people tried to overwhelm the store's staff. However, police arrived and confronted the group, and the people then dropped the items they'd grabbed and fled.

Immediately afterward, a fight broke out in the store's parking lot, and a person was nearly run over by a vehicle. Despite that, police said no injuries were reported.

The group also attempted to go into nearby small businesses but were stopped by police.

Target on Thursday released the following statement:

"We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing our community. At this time, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores until further notice. Our focus will remain on our team members' safety and helping our community heal."

The company has also closed several of its stores.

Chopper 5 shows police presence at the St. Paul Target and the surrounding area, watch the video in the player below.

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