Nordstrom Rack in Granada Hills, California, was swarmed on Tuesday night by looters who caused thousands of dollars in damage and stole electronics, Kristin McAtee told the Los Angeles Times. McAtee, a Loyola Marymount University associate professor of anthropology, was driving home from Costco around 8:20 p.m. when she noticed the Nordstrom Rack’s storefront crumpled and a crowd of looters on the other side of the sidewalk. She stopped and began recording the scene. “They are using crowbars to break the glass out, but then they start with big hammers and a couple of times even start swinging,” McAtee told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s pretty much chaos.” After filming, McAtee took pictures and called police. “I told the sergeant who arrived that this was a first and asked him how things were going, and he said, ‘Oh, they’re good,’ and gave me his number.” When police arrived, “there were a couple of officers with shotguns at the main entrance,” McAtee said. “There was one officer that was actually shooting off 20 rounds with his .45, while the other 16 were sitting with a shotgun each. I was shocked. That’s like a cop with a 30-round magazine.” The officers used tear gas, however, to clear the store’s back door of looters. No arrests were made and it was unclear how many people participated in the looting. As of Wednesday morning, a SWAT team was still searching the store, police said. McCuee is an expert on such depredations in warehouses around the world and sees much of it coming from China.
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