Councilmember Kshama Sawant said during a council briefing the shooting "highlights the urgency to address the endemic violence in our society under capitalism."
She said "violence was happening on Capitol Hill and in other parts of the city long before the CHOP occupation was created by the movement and we should completely reject the false claims -- claims that have no basis in statistical analysis -- that the CHOP occupation and the movement was the reason for any of the violence."
Council President M. Lorena Gonzalez agreed the shootings should not be attributed to the CHOP and, instead, blamed a nationwide gun violence crisis.
"There is a lot of reporting and information on social media that I think misses the point around what we are seeing manifest itself again (on Capitol Hill) and throughout the city," she said. "Gun violence is a public health epidemic across the country. Seattle is not an exception to the plague of gun violence within our communities and this is not being caused by a specific zone within our city."
Two people have died and four were injured in four separate shootings in and around the occupation area over the past week and a half, not including the June 7 shooting of Dan Gregory by a man who drove into protesters before CHOP was formed.
The protest zone has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted Monday morning that the protesters "have ZERO respect for Government."
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