Seattle police reported early Tuesday morning that a third shooting was being investigated in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Zone, also known as CHOP, after a man was shot with non-life threatening injuries, according to a Harborview Medical Center spokesperson.
Officers investigating a shooting at 11 Avenue/East Denny Way. Reports of one person injured. More information when available.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 23, 2020
Tuesday morning’s shooting comes three days after a man was killed in the police-free CHOP zone. The earlier victims were Horace Anderson, 19, who was killed, and another man, 33, who remains in critical condition, according to the local Seattle KING5 news station.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Monday that the city police would move in to dismantle the zone following the shootings.
“The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the night-time atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said of her decision, adding that she would work with CHOP anarchists to move forward with dismantling the area, while also amplifying their messages.
The first step is reclaiming an abandoned police precinct building that was evacuated as riots over the May 25 death of George Floyd flared.
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Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
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