BALTIMORE — Violent rioters looted stores, set fires to cars and buildings and clashed with police, who failed to maintain control of the streets after the funeral of Freddie Gray Monday.
Daily Caller reporters and cameras captured the violence, which started Monday afternoon. While reporting on the police clashes and looting, Daily Caller News Foundation reporters Connor Wolf and Casey Harper were brutally assaulted in an unprovoked attack by at least six individuals. Wolf sustained a broken nose and Harper suffered a broken cheekbone, a concussion and a black eye. His phone was also stolen.
But earlier in the day, when we had first arrived, the city resembled more of a ghost town than a fiery riot — or a major metropolis.
TheDC witnessed looting first-hand. Police officers made no attempt to stop the thugs, as they attacked parts of West Baltimore in broad daylight. (INSIDE THE RIOTS: Violence, Fire And Robbery As Crooks Attack Reporters)
And as evening fell, a nervous police force knew it would only get worse. Credible reports cited gangland plans to call a cease fire and aim their illegal handguns at the cops.
Throughout the evening, the police scanner was full of urgent requests for limited mobile resources. And as the night would go on, armored vehicles, squad cars and even ambulances were attacked by mobs of criminals.
As night fell, raging mobs set fire to multiple buildings. (WATCH: Rioting Punk Taken Down By Baltimore Police)
In certain areas, the smoke grew so thick that police had to withdraw to their cars.
As the night progressed, protesters grew more confident, openly challenging police authority.
Two cars were set ablaze on Fulton Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, and police and fire trucks were bombarded with bottles of liquor and rocks as they attempted to put out the fires.
This reporter saw at least three businesses looted completely, and one torched.
Rioters also began playing a dangerous game of “chicken” with police, driving toward ranks of armored cops and swerving to a stop at the very last second.
After the Baltimore Fire Department put out the fires, the crowd surged back into the buildings they had torched and proceeded to ransack whatever they could lay their hands on.