1 killed, boy crit­i­cally in­jured in Seattle protest zone gun­fire

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Lisa Baumann

SEATTLE — One man was killed and a teenager was wounded early Mon­day in Seattle’s “oc­cu­pied” protest zone — the sec­ond deadly shoot­ing in the area that lo­cal of­fi­cials have vowed to change af­ter busi­ness com­plaints and crit­i­cism from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

The vi­o­lence that came just over a week af­ter an­other shoot­ing in the zone left one per­son dead and an­other wounded was “dan­ger­ous and un­ac­cept­able” po­lice Chief Car­men Best said.

“Enough is enough,” Best told re­porters. “We need to be able to get back into the area.”

Demon­stra­tors have oc­cu­pied sev­eral blocks around the Seattle Po­lice Depart­ment’s East Precinct and a park for about two weeks af­ter po­lice aban­doned the precinct fol­low­ing stand­offs and clashes with pro­test­ers call­ing for ra­cial jus­tice and an end to po­lice bru­tal­ity.

Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing a white Jeep near one of the makeshift bar­ri­ers around the protest zone about 3 a.m. Mon­day, just be­fore the shoot­ing, a po­lice state­ment said.

Call­ers to 911 said sev­eral peo­ple fired shots into the ve­hi­cle. Po­lice said two peo­ple who were prob­a­bly the oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle were trans­ported to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

A man was pro­nounced dead at Har­borview Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The sec­ond vic­tim, a 14-year-old boy, was hos­pi­tal­ized with gun­shot in­juries. He was re­ported in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

“De­tec­tives searched the Jeep for ev­i­dence, but it was clear the crime scene had been dis­turbed,” the po­lice state­ment said.

In the pre­vi­ous fa­tal shoot­ing in the zone, a 19-year-old man was killed June 20 and a 33-year-old man was wounded.

Best said that the shoot­ings are ob­scur­ing the mes­sage of ra­cial jus­tice that pro­test­ers say they are pro­mot­ing.

Mayor Jenny Durkan

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