California liquor store owner protects store from looters with AR-15 and friends by his side

A California liquor store owner said he stood in front of his business with armed friends in Santa Monica armed with an AR-15 to discourage looters.

The looting in Santa Monica came amid nationwide unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who died last week after a white police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

Per CBSLA, the owner of Broadway Wine & Spirits, located in the 1000 block of roadway, told CBSLA he and some friends decided to stand in front of his store armed with guns.

He said that as looters neared the store, they instead decided to keep walking once they saw his AR-15 and the other guns.

“It was a good thing I had my customers and friends by my side, because it was pretty scary,” Joe told CBSLA.

Joe said he and his friends also helped keep other nearby businesses safe as well.

Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade was hit hard by looting and fires Sunday. A Vons grocery store in the 700 block of Broadway was completely ransacked as well. Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown said nine fires were set. There were no serious injuries to officers or protesters.