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Kwik Trip employee recalls being assaulted during protest

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DULUTH, MN. -- Saturday night in Duluth, a protest outside the Lincoln Park Kwik Trip turned violent.

Employee Ryan King said he heard screaming and yelling from one of the aisles and decided to check out was happening.

"Honestly, I'm more thankful to be alive than anything. I wanted to see where and what the noise was coming from. I can't explain why I chose to do that. Auto pilot if you will," added King.

King said he discovered several people looting, grabbing merchandise and running out the door. He was trying to lock the door, was punched by them, and that's when the situation went south.

"All I know is I was getting punched and kicked and then I got up somehow and made it back into the store. I'm so thankful that it didn't escalate further, like more people joining in and because who knows if I would've been here today if that was the case," said King.

King went to the hospital the next day, to get cuts and bruises examined. He is expected to recover. Despite the violence and pain, King claims to hold no grudges.

"I'm not mad, I'm not mad, I hold no anger towards anybody or anything in the area. There's a lot more confusion I have than anger still, and I'm hoping to keep it that way," added King.

King tells us that Kwik Trip has given him time off to recover from his injuries following what happened Saturday night. He plans to return to work.

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Ryan Compeau

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