1 person killed, another wounded during shooting in Seattle's autonomous zone

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 20th, 2020 3:19 pm

Last Updated Jun 20th, 2020 at 3:54 pm

One person was killed and another wounded during a shooting incident early Saturday morning in Seattle's "cop-free" zone, according to reports.

Seattle police confirmed that the shooting took place at 10th Ave. and East Pine within the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) at approximately 2:30 a.m.

"On June 20th... East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired in Cal Anderson Park. This is inside the area referred to as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP)," the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. "Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims. Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics."

One of the victims, a 19-year-old male, died from gunshot wounds. The other victim, also a male, "remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries."

The department said the suspect(s) fled the scene and are still at large. They didn't have a description as of 10:00 a.m.

Some people said they heard three to six gunshots from the area, the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reported.

In footage circulating on Twitter, two gunshots can be heard around the 15 second mark.

The Facebook page for Black Lives Matter Seattle Original posted the following statement:

"There was a shooting at chop/Chaz tonight. At least 2 gunshots fired. We are still finding out information but... a black man is dead and white person is in critical condition. We are sorry for the person killed tonight and hope the other person makes a full recovery."


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