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One man was shot and killed and another was injured early on Saturday in a shooting inside of Seattle’s autonomous demonstration zone known as Capital Hill Organized Protest (CHOP)

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One man was shot and killed and another was injured early on Saturday in a shooting inside of Seattle’s autonomous demonstration zone known as Capital Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), formerly known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), according to NBC News. The Seattle PD said in a statement that the violence was reported at about 2:30 a.m. close to Cal Anderson Park. One of the victims, described as a 19-year-old man, was declared dead at a hospital shortly after the incident. The other victim, described only as a male, was being treated for life-threatening injuries. “Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims,” Seattle police said. “Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics.” ~

The zone was set up as an extension of demonstrations seeking racial justice after the death of George Floyd. There is a police station inside the autonomous zone about a half-mile from the site of Saturday’s attack, but it was abandoned weeks ago. On Tuesday, police installed concrete barriers to protect those within the zone, following a report that on June 7, a man drove into the area and opened fire on another man, injuring him. A suspect was charged with felony assault. No one has been arrested for Saturday’s attack. “Homicide detectives responded and are conducting a thorough investigation, despite the challenges presented by the circumstances,” the Seattle PD said. ~

Gov. Jay Inslee, responding to the incident, said, “One way or another we have to be able to provide protection for people all over the state of Washington, including that particular area.” Organizers of the protest area held a meeting to discuss the shootings, and some protest volunteers patrolled the area carrying guns, according to the Chicago Tribune. Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant expressed her condolences and said the man who died was Black. “I stand in solidarity with the family and friends of the victim, and with the injured protester now in the hospital, as well as with all community members and fellow activists,” she said. ~

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