(Tea Party PAC) – The no cop co-op that is Seattle’s “autonomous” protest zone has experienced its first fatal shooting.
And just like that, they realize the good that police can do.
The Epoch Times reports that one man was killed and another wounded in an overnight shooting on Friday in the notorious CHAZ/CHOP zone.
Seattle police confirmed in a statement that the shooting occurred at 10th Avenue and East Pine. They did not reveal any further details.
It was not immediately clear whether any suspects were in police custody following the incident.
A live stream video from the area shows a group of people at the protest camp being informed that the victim was killed.
“The gentleman that got shot did pass,” a woman can be heard announcing in the video. “For those of you that are unaware, he is gone, he is no longer with us.”
There were reports of people saying that they’d heard between three and six gunshots in the area around 2:20 a.m., according to Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.
This report also revealed that a second victim had been shot in the arm and the chest.
Police who responded to the area, which was established as the protest zone after the city surrendered a police precinct to activists, reportedly encountered “hostile crowds.”.
“We got medics going in different directions here,” a reporter from Converge Media reporter can be heard saying about 15 minutes in to a livestream video showing the aftermath of the shooting.
In the video, a crowd of people, including what appears to be a medic, appear to be sprinting away from the gathering.
Video from what is said to be 13th Avenue and Pine show people removing a barrier as you can hear sirens in the background.
Black Lives Matter Seattle Original’s Facebook Page posted a statement about the incident.
There was a shooting at chop/Chaz tonight. At least 2 gunshots fired. We are still finding out information but At least one person is dead and one is at Harborview Medical center. A black man is dead and white person is in critical condition.”
#CHAZ / #CHOP – This is the scene of the murder this morning in CHOP. A 30 year old African American man was shot and died on the scene. There was also a second shooting 20 minutes later one block away. pic.twitter.com/hf1FSPFhuH
— Omari Salisbury (@Omarisal) June 20, 2020
“We are sorry for the person killed tonight and hope the other person makes a full recovery,” the organization added.
The Epoch Times adds:
The zone was first occupied on June 8.
Protesters inside have compiled an ever-changing list of demands in a post on Medium, including the abolition of the city’s police department and the attached criminal justice apparatus, to reparations for victims of police brutality, among other items.
The zone has prompted President Donald Trump to call on Seattle’s mayor and Washington’s governor, both of whom are Democrats, to “take back” the city. Trump has described those who took over the area as “domestic terrorists.”
Featured image credit: @Omarisal