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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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Bolar said he heard multiple shots, and "would have thought it was fireworks if it wasn't the back-to-back pop-pop-pop."

David Lewis, who has been one of the organizers of the protests, thanked the Seattle Department of Transportation for leaving barriers up at the CHOP, saying that they had saved lives.

"I feel safer here than anywhere else," Lewis said.

Best argued against Lewis' and other protesters' assertions that the SDOT barriers protected people and prevented more from being hurt.

"I absolutely do not agree with that," Best said. "There are multiple people being injured and hurt and we need to do something about it."

She said police would like people to move out of the area.


"As an African American woman with uncles and brothers and stuff I wouldn't want them to be in this area," she said. "We've had two ... killed. We have a child that's injured from gun violence."

Tensions were evidently still high Monday morning: At one point during Best's news conference, demonstrators down the street were arguing with a man who protesters said was working as private security for a TV news station. The demonstrators said the dispute started when an employee of the station pushed one of the protesters.

CHOP stands for Capitol Hill Organized Protest. Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Police Department's East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park for about three weeks, since the police left the precinct following standoffs and clashes with protesters calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality.

Some Seattle City Council members rejected the idea Monday that the latest shootings at the CHOP were caused by the CHOP.


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