The Wendy’s in southwest Atlanta where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed is now clear of armed protesters, according to Channel 2 Action News.
A group who had been spotted carrying long guns and blocking the area surrounding the University Avenue restaurant were not seen there Wednesday, Channel 2 reported.
When asked by AJC.com, Atlanta police said they did not remove any demonstrators.
“APD assisted in clearing University Avenue of barriers that had been blocking the road,” an Atlanta police spokeswoman said. “It is now open to thru traffic. We did not remove any demonstrators or take any further actions.”
It’s unclear if another agency removed the armed protesters or if they left on their own.
Brooks was shot in the parking lot of the Wendy’s after fighting with two police officers who were trying to arrest him, AJC.com previously reported. Garrett Rolfe, the officer who fired the deadly shots, has been charged with murder.
The Wendy’s has since served as ground zero for protests related to Brooks’ death, one of which ended with it being torched. Natalie White, the woman accused of setting the fire, was arrested and charged with arson. She bonded out of jail Wednesday.
A 24-year-old woman was shot in the leg Friday while she was protesting. The woman was with a large group of demonstrators along University Avenue when gunfire rang out about 10:45 p.m., Atlanta police said.
Asia Simone Burns is a watchdog reporter for the AJC. Burns was formerly an intern in AJC’s newsroom and now writes about crime. She is a graduate of Samford University and has previously reported for NPR and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR member station.