Carmen Best, Seattle police chief, rips CHOP shootings, violence: 'Absolutely irresponsible'

Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone

Police said the deadly shooting unfolded just before dawn on Monday in Seattle's CHOP, or Capitol Hill Organized Protest, zone.

But following several shootings in the area, Durkan earlier this week said the city would wind down the protest zone, at first by encouraging demonstrators to leave.

While the city allowed the protests to continue for about two weeks, Mayor Jenny Durkan said this week that it was time for protestors to go home, following three shootings in the zone on consecutive nights.

Two people were brought to Harborview Medical Center with gunshot wounds, with one arriving in a private vehicle around 3:15 a.m. and the other brought in by Seattle Fire Department medics about 15 minutes later, according to an email from Harborview Medical Center spokesperson Susan Gregg.

Police said the shooting happened before dawn in the city's Capitol Hill neighbourhood, near the centre of town.

"Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP 'medics, '" it continued.

Watch a Fox News report on the shooting above. However, police claims the crime scene was disturbed. "But they're gone, they're dead now and we've had multiple other incidents - assaults, rape, robbery, shootings - and so this is something that's going to need to change", Best concluded.

The shooting is the fourth in about a week inside or near the zone.

"Two African American men dead at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter".

"We're not trying to have conflict", he said. The demands include abolishing the Seattle Police Department, reparations for "victims of police brutality", and a retrial of all minorities now in prison for violent crimes.

A sawed rebar loop on a concrete barrier, intentionally damaged to make barrier removal hard, is seen in the area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) in Seattle, Wash., on June 29, 2020. Additionally, businesses say that clients are unable to visit because of blocked-off access ways and that delivery services are either unable or unwilling to enter the zone. For the most part, her pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

"The bloodshed you're talking about has nothing to do with the movement", Antwan Bolar, 43, told The Seattle Times.

Best said the situation couldn't keep going.

Omari Salisbury, a local journalist who attended the afternoon meeting between protesters and the mayor, told reporters afterward that the mayor had agreed to wait until Sunday morning to remove most of the barricades.

The mayor finally ordered barricades to be removed near the precinct and the police building was boarded up.

Since meeting with community leaders after occupiers blocked city workers, Durkan hasn't spoken publicly.



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