Windows at the NASCAR Hall of Fame were broken Wednesday night during violent protest in downtown Charlotte.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority affirmed the damage to the exterior windows at the Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Convention Center. There was damage to a Buffalo Wild Wings in the Hall of Fame building.
The Hall of Fame will be open as scheduled on Thursday.
A statement from the CRVA said there are events scheduled to take place in the Charlotte Convention Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame today. “The safety of those assembly attendees who’ve traveled significant distances to convene in Charlotte is especially important to us and we’re working to take proper security precautions in collaboration with our partners at CMPD. We’ll continue to assess and communicate with our partners throughout the day.”
The demonstrations started after Keith Scott, a black man, was killed by police while in the parking lot of his condo complex. While police haven’t released the camera footage of the episode from body and dashboard cameras, cops say Scott had a firearm. His family and friends counter the claim of Scott being armed.
On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters who were shouting “black lives matter ” and “hands up, don’t shoot” left after police fired flash grenades and tear gas after the shooting. But several groups of a dozen or more protesters stayed behind, attacking people, including reporters, shattering windows to hotels, office buildings and restaurants and setting small fires.
Other properties in Uptown Charlotte, the Charlotte Hornets team store, a Hyatt House and the Epicentre were also damaged. NASCAR’s offices in Charlotte are closed for regular business Thursday according to ESPN.