ATF releases photo, seeks ‘persons of interest’ in Walgreens arson on Milwaukee’s north side

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Investigators released a photo Monday and asked for the public’s help in identifying “persons of interest” involved in the arson at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 2826 N. King Drive.

They also released a short clip on Twitter in which one man was heard saying: “Hey, y’all got a lighter? I’m going to burn this bitch down.”

The incident occurred early Saturday amid rioting that followed demonstrations against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

ATF later released a longer video showing the store being set on fire.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released a video of the scene of an arson early Saturday at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 2826 N. King Drive. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

According to a news release, looting at the Walgreens took place at 12:37 a.m. Saturday and a fire was reported at 12:57 a.m.

“It’s a federal crime to set fire to a commercial building,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said. “We’re asking for help to identify who participated in attempting to set that building on fire.

“Thankfully, a citizen of good will went in and put that fire out before it caught blaze and set more damage,” Krueger said.

A Milwaukee registered nurse put out the fire.

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Milwaukee police are involved in the probe of the incident.

Anyone having information about the incident should contact ATF at 888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477). They can also email ATFTips@atf.gov or contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atf-tips.

Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the Reportit® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.

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