1 killed, 1 wounded in shooting at Seattle’s occupied protest area

Ruben Hill
June 29, 2020

But following several shootings in the area, Durkan earlier this week said the city would wind down the protest zone, at first by encouraging demonstrators to leave. The Seattle Times reports that Harborview Medical Center said one of the wounded males was brought to the hospital by private vehicle around 3:15 a.m. One died while another remains in critical condition.

"It is so fractured, there's people here supporting anarchy, supporting capitalism, supporting no more police coming back, defund the police, we are not sure who those people are affiliated with", said Katie Fichter, a Seattle resident.

Seattle police have not released any further details of the shooting. One person tweeted that "two guys" in a white SUV showed up and opened fire on the protest area before being "MURKED" by security on the ground.

Seattle police were at the scene Monday morning but did not immediately provide any additional information.

Protestors in the Seattle's autonomous zone, known as CHOP, have said the area is fractured. One member has been seen brandishing an AK-47.

In the previous fatal shooting in the zone, a 19-year-old man was killed on June 20 and a 33-year-old man was wounded.

A protester stands on a barricade with his fist raised, Friday, June 26, 2020 at the the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) zone in Seattle as trucks from the Seattle Department of Transportation are staged behind him.

The encampment has become more hard to manage, drawing violence and a large homeless population since the onset of the occupation three weeks ago.

Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city last Wednesday for its tolerance of the zone, saying officials had been complicit in depriving them of their rights to their property. In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the plaintiffs say that they support Black Lives Matter and understand the importance of fighting against racial injustice and police brutality.

They said they've sometimes been threatened for photographing protesters in public areas or for cleaning graffiti off their storefronts.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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