CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte is among the places damaged during violent protests over the police shooting of a black man earlier this week.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority oversees the NASCAR Hall of Fame building and the convention center next door. An official said the building is being assessed for damage.
According to local news outlets, a street sign hung off-kilter from the front window of the hall’s building after someone tried to pry it out of the window.
The regional United Way building across the street from the hall was also damaged. Lobby windows were smashed. Officials don’t know if anyone entered the building.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are operating on a normal schedule, as is Mecklenburg County government. The regional bus line says it has restored service to all lines.
Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy all told employees to stay away from the area Thursday, where disturbances have damaged several business fronts.
A Duke Energy spokesman says non-essential personnel who work downtown are being told to stay home for the day.
Wells Fargo spokesman Josh Dunn said the bank’s staff is not required to report to work Thursday. Dunn said employees can work from home or another location if they’re able. Employees unable to do so won’t be required to take a personal day off.
Bank of America announced late Wednesday that its downtown staff will not report Thursday because of the damage.
The streets in downtown Charlotte appeared to be calm Thursday morning.
Downtown Charlotte is calming down early Thursday after a peaceful prayer vigil turned into a violent protest over the fatal police shooting of a black man.
Hotel and restaurant employees and security guards have started cleaning up dozens of broken windows.
But the city isn’t entirely back to normal. Bank of America told its thousands of employees at its 60-story downtown skyscraper to stay home Thursday.
One man was critically injured in Wednesday’s protest. City officials say police did not fire on the victim. Several reporters and people on the street were attacked as police in riot gear linked arms, marched down streets and fired tear gas.
Four police officers were injured during the protests.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and promised to bring in the National Guard.
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