Police Investigating Shooting Inside Seattle's 'No Cop,' CHAZ Zone

At least two people were shot and one was killed inside Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area early Saturday morning, and police say they are investigating despite it being in a "no-cop" zone of the city.

Videos recorded Saturday morning show volunteer medics scrambling to help the purported victims after Seattle Police Department radio dispatchers received multiple reports of three to six gunshots around 2:30 a.m. People involved in the incident were seen fleeing the scene north from 10th Avenue and East Pine street in the city's Capitol Hill autonomous protest zone, also called CHAZ. Seattle Police abandoned the closest East Precinct building on June 8th after days of confrontations with protesters in the wake of George Floyd's death while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

Police confirmed the shooting to Newsweek Saturday morning but offered no additional details. Seattle Police later announced that the suspects are still at large and no arrests have been made. The deceased victim was 19 years old and a second individual remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Video from the scene shows a woman telling locals that one of the victims died after efforts to revive him in front of the Rancho Bravo restaurant.

Police arrived on the scene on foot and were prepared with protective anti-protest gear at the border of the zone. Police later issued a statement saying a "violent crowd" prevented them from reaching the victims initially, but homicide detectives eventually gained access to the scene. East Precinct police radio chatter said officers who arrived on the scene were collecting shell casings and evidence despite harassment from many zone residents. The second injured individual suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and arm.

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Seattle Fire had been called to the scene to treat the victims, but they had already been transported by volunteers to Harborview, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reported Saturday. A spokeswoman told the Seattle Times two gunshot victims were treated at Harborview Medical Center.

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Local videographers from Converge Media first reported that one of the victims was transported by non-ambulance locals to the Harborview protest camp staffed by medical volunteers. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reported the man was dead when he arrived at the volunteer medical camp.

Seattle Police have previously investigated several alleged break-ins and arson incidents over the past week, but no shootings. However, one suspect named Nikolas Fernandez was charged with one count of first-degree assault over a June 8 incident in which police say he drove into a crowd of protesters at 11th and Pine before shooting a man who attempted to disarm him.

The shootings follow hours of largely peaceful protests marking Juneteenth featuring local Black Lives Matter activists, politicians and others seeking criminal justice and police reforms. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, SPD Chief Carmen Best and several protest leaders in the CHAZ area have been working together to review police tactics and come to a community agreement on law enforcement. The "Seattle People's Precinct" was flooded with thousands of marchers Friday with demands ranging from defunding the police to increased spending on community businesses.

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At least two people were shot and one was killed inside Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area early Saturday morning, and police say they are investigating despite it being in a "no-cop" zone of the city. Screenshot: Converge Media | Facebook
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