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NASCAR Hall of Fame Destroyed in Charlotte Riots

The NASCAR Hall of Fame was one of several buildings in Charlotte, North Carolina, destroyed by riots Wednesday night in protest of the police shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.

Rioters smashed NASCAR Hall of Fame windows, the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant next door, and the NASCAR Tower office complex, FOX Sports reported:

The protesters did not enter the Hall of Fame or damage its exhibits, but there have been reports of protesters starting confrontations inside the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant next door and using the bottles on the tables to smash windows, The Charlotte Observer reported.

An official with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority told The Observer that the buildings were being assessed for damage.

Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night and called in the National Guard after the city’s police chief requested help to protect people and property from damage.

“We had a lot of looting and our intent is to protect those assets,” Police Chief Kerr Putney said to WTVD.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open to the public Thursday despite the damage, FOX Sports reported.

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