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BALTIMORE, MD (CBSMiami) – Police lined up on North Ave at Pennsylvania in West Baltimore as choppers circled overhead and the National Guard was ready at the spot where protests were overrun by rioters who torched cars, looted stores and destroyed a CVS drug store.

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CBS4’s Ted Scouten was there Wednesday, at the same intersection which is now teeming with people who are going about their lives.

“Hopefully everybody learned from it, try to make love not war,” said Mark McBride.

Click here to watch Ted Scouten’s report.

McBride is well aware that the community needs answers as to what happened to Freddie Gray who died in police custody after a spinal injury, sparking protests in Baltimore. He had hoped this would have turned out very differently.

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“We need to come together as a unit, white, black, whatever, we all need to come together especially if everybody’s really standing up for justice. That’s what we want,” said McBride.

Alethea Coleman lives nearby. She said the rioting and looting did serve one purpose. Local, state and federal authorities are taking notice.

“People just crying out for help and this is the only way they know how to do it. This is the only way people can get attention,” said Coleman.

While people in the neighborhood are frustrated and angry with police, they’re also confused by rioters who targeted their own neighborhood.

“Now y’alls subway blown up. You don’t have a CVS to go to to get your prescription. That’s the mall you show up every day. What you going to do now,” said Shanika Powell who lives nearby.

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