Third Shooting Reported In Seattle’s ‘CHOP’ As The Mayor Moves To Dismantle The Area

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.

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.