One person was killed and a 14-year-old boy was injured in a shooting on Monday morning near Seattle’s self-declared Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone.
The Seattle Police Department responded to multiple reports of shots fired at about 3 a.m. near 12th Avenue and Pike Street. Police said callers had reported several unidentified people had fired shots into a white Jeep that had been at or near one of the barriers of the zone.
One man who was brought to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following Monday morning’s shooting died, Susan Gregg, a spokesperson for the hospital, said. Another victim, a 14-year-old male, was hospitalized with gunshot injuries, according to police.
No suspects have been publicly identified. Police said they were investigating the incident, but while searching the Jeep for evidence discovered that the crime scene had been “disturbed.”
The Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, or CHOP, was established earlier this month by demonstrators protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd after the Seattle Police Department vacated the East Precinct there.
Monday’s shooting was the fourth shooting near or in the CHOP zone within nine days, NBC affiliate KING reported. At least one other person has been killed, and on June 22, Seattle officials ordered those occupying the area to leave.
Seattle officials said Sunday that CHOP would be dismantled, but it remained intact as of the nighttime.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said last week that officers would return to the East Precinct, but she did not say when.