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BREAKING: Multiple People Shot Inside Seattle’s Autonomous Zone

Seattle, WA – One man was fatally shot and another is in critical condition after gunfire erupted in front of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct inside the city’s occupied zone early on Monday morning.

The shootings occurred inside the Capital Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), formerly the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone, at about 3:45 a.m. on June 29 near 12th Avenue and Pike Street, KING reported.

“You heard a lot of gunshots near the Cal Anderson Park,” witness Giovanni Medina told KIRO. “A lot of us ran down there, a lot of people were running back. It was almost literally right outside in front of the East Precinct.”

The first victim arrived at Harborview Medical Center at about 3:15 a.m. in a private vehicle in critical condition.

The second victim arrived at the hospital via ambulance at about 3:30 a.m., KING reported.

Harborview Medical Center Spokeswoman Susan Gregg said that the second victim died from his wounds.

There were reports of other people wounded but none had yet been confirmed by the hospital or by the authorities.

Four people were shot between Friday and Tuesday the prior weekend in the CHOP.

Among the victims, a 19-year-old man died and a 17-year-old was seriously wounded.

The mayor and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced at a press conference on June 22 that they would be dismantling the city’s “autonomous zone” after the bloody weekend in what Durkan had dubbed the city’s “summer of love.”

Durkan asked community leaders to spread the message that it was time to clear out to the people camping out in the six blocks surrounding the East Precinct, KOMO reported.

The mayor’s office has been swamped by a deluge of complaints from residents and business owners whose lives have been upended by the restricted access to the area barricaded off and guarded by armed protesters.

But on Friday, protesters stopped city crews from removing the barricades blocking the six blocks that surround the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct on Friday morning by lying in the road and brandishing a firearm.

KOMO reported that people laid down in the street to block equipment and at least one weapon was drawn by protesters in the Capital Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), formerly known as the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), when city crews arrived to begin cleaning up that area on June 26.

Self-appointed leaders of the CHOP have told city officials that they will not relinquish the occupied zone until their list of demands has been met, KOMO reported.

And after a brief standoff on June 26, the city backed down and announced it would not attempt to retake the East Precinct that day.

“SPD had no plans to return to the East Precinct today,” a spokesman for Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told reporters, according to KOMO.

No announcement has been made with regard to when the city will make its next attempt.

A representative for the mayor attempted to tour the occupied zone with the Seattle fire chief, but they were both run out of the area by angry protesters, KOMO reported.

Durkan also has not publicly addressed the group’s list of demands.

The group which has called itself the “CHOP Council” wants the Seattle Police Department and the associated court system to be abolished, according to a list of demands posted to Medium on June 9.

They also demanded that all armed force by police be banned entirely in the meantime.

Leaders of the CHOP demanded “reparations for police brutality” and that all prisoners incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes or resisting arrest be released and their records expunged, according to the list on Medium.

The protesters who have illegally occupied six blocks of the city also demanded “the abolition of imprisonment, generally speaking, but especially the abolition of both youth prisons and privately-owned, for-profit prisons” and an end to prosecutorial immunity for police, among other weighty topics.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining Blue Lives Matter, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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