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Watch: Business owner vows to protect property if state leaders can't

Numerous businesses are burning for a third consecutive day in Minneapolis.

Tensions in south Minneapolis are boiling over as there are violent protesters amid more peaceful protesters who are causing significant damage to businesses along Lake Street. 

One business owner lashed out at Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey during a live interview on KARE 11, warning that business owners will take matters into their own hands if authorities can't stop the rioting and looting. 

"What I want to tell people right now is that if the governor and mayor are not going to take care of this problem, people will," the man said. "People will uprise over this. Those people that make their business, their career – they're Korean, they are black people, they are immigrants – they've worked their f***ing life off."

At 11:20 p.m. KARE 11 was broadcasting live when anchor Julie Nelson said she had received word that armed men chased people away from a liquor store on West Lake Street. 

All of the this follows a night of questions about why Minneapolis police, the State Patrol and Minnesota National Guard haven't been involved in areas where protesting has included vandalism and criminal violence, with numerous businesses set on fire, including Wells Fargo, Dollar Store, and the U.S. Postal Service office near the 5th Minneapolis Police Precinct at Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue. 

Gov. Walz, 12 hours earlier, after criticizing the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul for their what he believed were too slow the day before, said: "You will not see that tonight. There will be no lack of leadership."

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Around 11:20 p.m., Mayor Frey tweeted that Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the National Guard are in charged of Friday night's response. 

"For our @minneapolisfire fighters to respond, the area of the fire must be secure so they can focus on fighting the fire without risking their own safety. We are working with the State National Guard & MN DPS – who control Incident Command tonight – to provide support in South," wrote Frey. 

KARE, at 11:33 p.m., reported that a large National Guard presence was headed toward the 5th Precinct. This is a developing story. 

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