Burned BP gas station owner unsure if he'll rebuild

Posted at 5:43 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 00:27:47-04

MILWAUKEE -- The owner's nephew of the torched BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh tells TODAY'S TMJ4 it is still unclear if they will ever rebuild.

The backlash against this gas station has been felt for months.

Demonstrators took to the streets near Sherman Park this weekend and lit the BP gas station on fire as three clerks became trapped inside. This terrified Amar Singh Kaleka and his family, watching helplessly from home.

The gas station was in turmoil just last month with protests after a family member working as a clerk fired his gun into the air in front of a group of teens standing in front of the store.

"I think through any damage or trauma that any part of America has faced came out stronger, and that speaks to our resiliency, that speaks to our openness with each other," said Amar Singh Kaleka, the nephew of the BP gas station's owner.

Kaleka tells TODAY'S TMJ4 his family wants to use this moment to help build peace.

This family has dealt with tragedy before. Kaleka's father was killed in the Sikh Temple Shooting in Oak Creek.

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