SEATTLE, WA—Another shooting was reported in the Capitol Hill Occupation Protest (CHOP) zone on Monday, June 29, resulting in one boy being killed and another person critically injured.
The CHOP zone originally known as Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) was created in lieu of protests against police brutality, resulting in Seattle citizens taking over the area. Last week, three people were reported shot and killed within 48 hours of each other.
Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkan stated that the barriers of the zone were to be taken down Sunday, June 28, but no advancements had been made.
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) released an update at 9:22 a.m. that read:
“Homicide detectives are investigating after a 16-year-old was killed and a 14-year-old was injured in a shooting early Monday morning on Capitol Hill. At about 3:00 AM, SPD’s 911 Center received multiple calls of shots fired in the area near 12th Avenue and East Pike Street. Callers also reported observing a white Jeep Cherokee SUV at or near one of the barriers.”
Several witnesses reported that multiple unidentified suspects fired gunshots into the vehicle, resulting in the death and critical injury. Detectives stated they searched the Jeep for evidence, but that the scene had been “disturbed.”
The investigation remains ongoing and the SPD is asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call the department’s Violent Crimes tip line at (206) 233-5000.