The Charlotte Observer
After reviewing video that went viral, police are looking for five men and women in connection with a massive brawl that hurt an employee and a disabled customer in a Gastonia QuikTrip store.
Mayhem erupted in the Franklin Boulevard store early Sunday, Feb. 2.
A video of the melee posted on Facebook shows no police response for at least six minutes, The Charlotte Observer previously reported.
“We believe it was premeditated to cause mayhem and destruction of personal property,” QuikTrip spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh said in a statement to The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday.
The video shows an employee kneeling and holding a cloth to her head, the Observer reported. Shelves are ransacked, with food and other items littering the floor. One person yells repeatedly, “Y’all going to jail!” although no police appear to be present.
A crowd of people inside the store then heads out to the parking lot, where a fight appeared to emerge and the sound of a possible gun shot rings out, causing everyone to scatter.
Police said a QuikTrip employee suffered “serious injuries to her face.” A customer told WSOC-TV that brawlers attacked and bloodied him and hit his disabled stepfather as well.
Gastonia police on Friday asked for help finding two women and three men they have charged in the case.
Allen Trayvond Curry of Gastonia, De’Mallon Lamarea White of Kings Mountain and Derrick Anthony Davis of Grover were charged with felony inciting a riot, according to police.
Rebecca Alisha Dawkins of Kings Mountain also was charged with misdemeanor larceny, while Laquisha Breaun Burris of Gastonia was charged only with misdemeanor larceny.
Police said charges against more people “are expected.”
Gastonia police ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the suspects to call police at 704-866-6702.
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