Tensions are running high in Ferguson, Mo., as residents prepare for a grand jury to announce whether or not Police Officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
“There’s a lot of fear," Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson told CBS News (video below). "A lot of people are afraid of what could happen. In the end, this is gonna be the community we have to live in.”
“The destruction here symbolizes this community, and how fragile and crumbled things are here,” added Capt. Johnson. “I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as people want to make it out to be, but I think there’s some tough times ahead.”
However, a grimmer scenario was described by Ronardo Ward, one of the many activists working to maintain peace in the community.
“We are getting prepared for war,” said Ward. “And that’s just crazy.”
“There’s gonna be a lot of angry young people that’s pretty much not gonna listen to the system anymore,” added activist Michael Johnson. “Why should they?”
Steven King, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies, told CNN today that gun sales spiked this weekend because residents fear violence.
"People are afraid they are gonna throw Molotov cocktails," stated King. "A lot of black people coming in saying they are afraid of the hooliganism."
"But not all of Ferguson is hooliganish," added King. "The media portrays us that way. If the world can just see this is one little street in Ferguson going crazy, they'd understand that we're not just one big burning city."
Gun sales increased 40 to 50% at the Metro Shooting Range in Bridgeton, which is near Ferguson.
"Every time that door opens, we're seeing new faces," stated manager John Stephenson, who added that people are buying mostly shotguns.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles has warned law enforcement about the surge in gun ownership.