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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The man has two previous arrests for drug possession and one for public intoxication. The motive is unclear, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives are looking into whether mental illness was a factor.
“The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha, who is homeless, with a last known address in Brooklyn” reports ABC 7 New York. Police said the suspect climbed up “the metal superstructure” underneath the artificial tree and lit papers he had brought with him on fire, then shoved the papers into the tree structure.
He then climbed down and watched from the street level as it burned, and he was spotted by building security who pointed the man out to police officers posted in nearby Rockefeller Center,” reports ABC.
A lighter was found in his possession, and he has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance, endangering others, criminal trespass, criminal tampering and disorderly conduct.
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