WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- While Seattle police have pursued the investigation surrounding the killing in a protest zone, no arrest was made yet.
- Police had a problem accessing the area as protesters made it difficult for them.
- President Trump has attacked Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing demonstrators to create the protest zone.
On Sunday, Seattle police pursued their probe about a weekend shooting incident in a park in the city’s protest area that caused the death of a 19-year-old man and severely injured another individual.
According to reports, no arrests were made by the police.
Detective Mark Jamieson confirmed that a comprehensive investigation was already ongoing about the shooting, which, according to his report, happened around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday in a spot in downtown called Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP).
The suspect or suspects escaped from the scene, and police have made inquiries to the public for any identifying information about them.
Following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis under the hands of police officers on May 25, weeks of demonstrations over racism and police violence has transformed the area.
Police who went to the shooting area said they had difficulties in getting in the scene as they encountered a hostile crowd that barred the officers from reaching the victims, as reported from an online law enforcement article.
KIRO-TV reported that a video circulated by the police department on Saturday showed the cops attempting to reach the victim, but people shouted the latter is no longer there. Most of the police then withdrew from the area following a struggle with activists.
A spokesperson for the hospital, Susan Gregg, told KOMO-TV that a private car brought two males with gunshot injuries to Harborview Medical Center, where the 19-year-old man passed away. The other victim, an unnamed 33-year-old man, was still on a critical condition on Sunday.
The office of King County Medical Examiner hasn’t disclosed the identity of the deceased man, but Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant claimed he was a black American.
The zone determined as CHOP is a few blocks area blocked off by demonstrators nearby a police station situated in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district following the killing of Floyd.
President Donald Trump has lambasted Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Gov. Jay Inslee for letting activists cordon the zone.
Seattle officers police union president Mike Solan told KIRO after the gunfires that he worries for both the safety of the community and the law enforcement agency.
Solan said the public and the whole police department is at high risk and urged the department to release all body-cam videos of the Saturday morning shooting incident to show the public the hazards officers face every day.
Source: New York Post