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Shooting at Seattle's protest site kills 16-year-old boy, leaves 14-year-old critically injured

Sydney Brownstone and Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times on

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SEATTLE -- A 16-year-old boy was killed and a 14-year-old boy was wounded early Monday morning when they were shot in the protest area known as CHOP, in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Harborview Medical Center spokesperson Susan Gregg said two people were brought in with gunshot wounds, with one arriving in a private vehicle around 3:15 a.m. and the other brought in by Seattle Fire Department medics about 15 minutes later.

As of 5:40 a.m., one patient had died and the other was in critical condition, according to Gregg.

At a news gathering on Capitol Hill Monday morning, Police Chief Carmen Best said "enough is enough."

"Two African American men are dead, at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter. But they're gone, they're dead now," Best said, referring to Monday's homicide as well as the June 20 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson. (Seattle police initially said the person who was killed was an adult, but later corrected that and said he was 16 years old).

"We need to be able to get back into the area," Best said about the protest zone and surrounding blocks, where there have been two fatal shootings and multiple injuries over the past week and a half. "This is dangerous and unacceptable."

 

Police said the two teens were "presumably" the occupants of a white Jeep Cherokee SUV into which "several unidentified people" had fired shots.

"Detectives searched the Jeep for evidence, but it was clear the crime scene had been disturbed," police said on their blotter.

Protesters in the area on Monday morning defended the occupation, saying it wasn't the cause of the violence.

"The bloodshed you're talking about has nothing to do with the movement," said Antwan Bolar, 43, who was staying in a tent in the protest zone. "That's people who would have been doing it in North Seattle or South Seattle anyways -- it's just concentrated here."

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