MAPLEWOOD (KMOV.com) – Several Walmart stores in the St. Louis area have pulled ammunition from the shelves following recent protests.
Monday night, demonstrators made their way into Walmart locations in Maplewood, Ferguson and Bridgeton, forcing the stores to close while several arrests were made.
On Wednesday afternoon, the empty shelves at Maplewood looked like there had been a mass purchase of ammunition. But according to an employee, it was locked up in the back.
“I can see why they would think that would be a concern if someone did break in in mass and loot the place and steal ammo,” said shopper Tim Casey.
There were no reports of looting on Monday, but Walmart said it was a taking a precaution.
“If there is a history of violence and looting and other activity that are going on or things that are putting associates and customers at risk—then yes, decisions can be made based on those circumstances,said Walmart spokesperson Brian Nick.
According to Nick, the Maplewood store made the decision Monday to lock their ammunition in the back, prior to protests. The Ferguson store did the same.
While the Ferguson location does not have ammunition on its shelves, it is still available for purchase upon request. The Bridgeton location has its shelves fully stocked.