Wilmington police said they were aware of looting at a Family Dollar store in the city on Saturday afternoon.
A WFMY-TV reporter captured video of several people running around the store, which had its sliding front door propped wide open in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
“Hurricane Florence is causing chaos in this city,” Hannah Brewer of WFMY wrote on Twitter.
The incident was captured on video around 4:20 p.m. WECT reported that several people were wearing masks.
Some people were carrying large amounts of items out of the store while at least one man had a cart with items. A housing complex is just across the street from the store.
“We are aware of the looting occurring at the Family Dollar Store at 13th & Greenfield streets, unfortunately, management has asked not to intervene at this time,” Wilmington police tweeted about the incident.
Later Saturday evening, police announced they had decided to make arrests anyway and that five people had been detained. Names and charges were not available Sunday night.
Earlier on Saturday at a gas station in Wilmington, a heated argument broke out as people were cutting in line, according to a report from WFMY-TV reporter Luke Lyddon.
Several people with multiple hand-held fuel tanks were in line at the gas station around 1:30 p.m.
Lyddon was parked at the station and said at least one man had a gun while he was in a heated argument with another man.
“Tensions running high to get gas here in Wilmington as a man pulled out a gun! Fortunately, no one was hurt,” Lyddon said.
People at the station were skipping in line, which triggered arguments, Lyddon said. No one was charged or arrested.