Seattle, WA – A mob of people blocked officers from being able to respond to a shooting which left one person dead and another in critical condition early Saturday morning.
The shooting occurred in Seattle’s “autonomous zone,” currently referred to as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), which was previously known as Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).
The incident occurred in the area of 10th Avenue and East Pine street at around 2:30 a.m., according to Seattle Police Department.
East precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired at Cal Anderson Park.
Once officers arrived, they were met by a “violent” mob who prevented officers from accessing the victims, according to police.
The officers later learned that the shooting victims have been transported to the hospital by CHOP community “medics.”
There are no qualifications required to declare yourself a medic in the CHOP.
When police arrived at Harborview Medical Center, they discovered a 19-year-old male shooting victim was deceased, according to police.
A second male shooting victim is in critical condition.
The suspect or suspects escaped after the shooting.
There is no description of the shooter(s) and people in the CHOP are not cooperating with authorities.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has repeatedly defended the CHOP as a peaceful protest and said that it could continue indefinitely and be the “summer of love.”
Seattle Police Officers Guild Michael Solan told Fox & Friends that it appears to be more like the “summer of chaos, according to Fox News.
“Early this morning, that violence was raw and real where one of our community members lost their life and police are still not allowed into that area and were prevented to providing that police service to the area to locate victors and/or render aid. [It’s] very troubling what’s going on,” Solan told Fox & Friends.
“It can’t stand in America, and this is a direct result of city leadership, elected officials failing the reasonable community of Seattle to enforce the rule of law. And, this just isn’t the area occupied in a six-block zone where police are still forbidden and still don’t have their East precinct. This is now impacting our entire city,” Solan said.
If the city ever gets the will to clear out the CHOP, doing so will be especially difficult after city leaders voted to ban Seattle police officers from possessing crowd control weapons.
The city council ban prohibits police officer possession of blast balls, “foam-tipped projectiles,” flash-bang grenades or CS tear gas, regardless of the situation, the Seattle Patch reported.