Owner of looted shop: There's no hope here

Hair shop owner considers leaving Milwaukee
Posted at 7:12 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 20:30:16-04

The owners of a north side beauty store that was looted early Monday morning is leaning toward packing up her shop for good.

Angry crowds again took to the streets in the Sherman Park area late Sunday and clashed with police in response to the fatal police shooting of a 23-year-old man.

Carol Griffin's daughter opened up the Exotic Hair Boutique 72nd and Burleigh four years ago. They both call Milwaukee home, but after the destructive rioting this weekend -- and now looting -- they say it may be time to go.

"There's no hope here. Why are we tearing up our neighborhood? It looks raggedy and tore up. This is a place we have to live. It's not right, Griffin said.

John Jude told TODAY'S TMJ4 spoke that he heard glass shattering just before 11 p.m., and when he looked out his window, saw 60 kids breaking in to the store.

"People has gas masks on and some had shirts wrapped around their heads and they had rocks in their hands," Jude said.

Griffin says the looters not only trashed the shop, they stole hair extensions and the cash register.

"It's horrible in there. It's not fixable. It would have to have a whole new facelift," Griffin says. 

Just down the street on Burleigh, Jeffrey Vaughn has owned The Love and Happiness convenience store for 10 years.

He doesn't agree with the violent outbreak in Sherman Park, but it won't force him to move. He's staying put.

"You can't lived scared. If you live scared, you might as well give up," Vaughn says.

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