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Hundreds of protesters are marching through the heart of Charlotte’s business district in a third night of protests.

The protesters stopped for about 15 minutes to chant and block an intersection near Bank of America’s headquarters. They then moved on as police and members of the National Guard monitored them.

The demonstration that began about 7:30 p.m. at a park has so far been peaceful.

The crowd includes curious onlookers who emerged from hotels and office buildings to take pictures.

The business district, known locally as Uptown, has been on edge Thursday after two nights of chaotic protests that included vandalism and injuries.

The protests stem from the fatal shooting this week of a black man, 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, by police.

On Wednesday, a peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march and then a night of violence that took many by surprise in Charlotte, the banking capital of the South with a population of 830,000 people, about 35 percent of them black.

Charlotte police say man shot during the Wednesday night protests has died and homicide investigation has been launched. Police did not shoot the man, city officials said.

 

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