A Richfield man has been charged with the arson of the Target headquarters in downtown Minneapolis during a night of unrest that broke out in late August.
Shador Cortez Jackson, 24, has been charged with arson in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis in connection with the fire on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 26.
That night saw rioting and looting break out downtown following the suicide of a homicide suspect on Nicollet Mall, which sparked false rumors on social media that the suspect had been shot dead by police.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office of Minnesota, Jackson was caught on surveillance video that showed him running into the Target building at 1000 Nicollet Mall.
While inside, he allegedly ignited a fire on a desktop inside the mailroom, and poured liquid from a bottle "prior to or immediately after starting the fire."
Jackson was stopped by Richfield police later that night and was found to be in possession of stolen merchandise.
More than 130 people were arrested following the outbreak of rioting on Aug. 26, coming three months after widespread unrest in the wake of the death of George Floyd.