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(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Protesters took to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, late Tuesday night and looted a store, according to police, after a fire destroyed one of the memorials dedicated to 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was gunned down by a police officer this summer.

An unruly crowd gathered around 9 p.m. local time Tuesday on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, close to where the memorial site burned down earlier in the day, police said.

The crowd then made its way towards Beauty Town on West Florissant Avenue and began to loot the store. Police arrived at the beauty store quickly and were able to calm down the situation. It was the third time Beauty Town was looted since Brown was killed, police said.

The crowd, according to police, eventually thinned out and moved down West Florissant Avenue towards a McDonald’s.

Around 11 p.m. local time, a car ran over a water bottle, making a popping sound, police said. The sound seemed to spook people, but it was determined that the popping was not a gunshot.

At least three people were arrested, the St. Louis Dispatch reported.

Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by a white Ferguson police officer Aug. 9. Residents and others remain upset about the way his body lay in the street for more than four hours while police investigated the shooting. Many insisted Brown was trying to surrender, with his hands up.

Residents were also angry that the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, remained free on paid administrative leave. A state grand jury is considering whether Wilson should face criminal charges and the Department of Justice was also investigating.

The roadside memorial where Brown was killed was destroyed by fire early Tuesday. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately clear. Later in the day, the memorial was rebuilt with new teddy bears, a blanket and new signs.

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