A man was killed and a 14-year-old boy wounded after a shootout in the Seattle CHOP zone.
Police said they had opened an investigation after witnesses said they had a white Jeep off-road vehicle near a makeshift barrier around the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Zone (CHOP) shortly before the 3 am Monday shootout seen.
Witnesses said 911 dispatchers said they saw several unidentified people who fired shots into the vehicle, the police said.
The man and teenager, who were not publicly identified, were brought out of the CHOP zone in a private vehicle after the shootout and picked up by Seattle Fire Department medics.
The teenager was brought to Harborview Medical Center in a private vehicle at around 3:15 p.m., and the man was brought by medics about 15 minutes later.
The man died a few hours later and the teenager remains in critical condition. One of the victims had gunshot wounds to the hip, arm and temple.
Detectives searched the vehicle for evidence Monday morning, but said in a statement that it was clear that the scene had been "disturbed."
Demonstrators have claimed that the shootout only unfolded after the vehicle was plowed into the CHOP zone and those in the car started shooting.
Those within the zone say that CHOP security forces, self-appointed and heavily armed, then returned the fire.
Police said they are investigating after a man was killed and a 14-year-old boy wounded after a gunfight in the Seattle CHOP zone on Monday morning
Witnesses said 911 dispatchers said they saw several unidentified people who fired shots into the vehicle, the police said. The blood-soaked and bullet-ridden jeep stayed at the scene on Monday morning
"The protesters responded quickly and CHOP security returned the fire and hit both the driver and front passenger in the front seat," a CHOP member, known only as a stitch, told DailyMail.com.
"I'm not sure if someone else was shot. Bullets flew everywhere."
Another person, who refused to give his name but claimed to be a witness to the incident, said the police responded and conducted a fleeting investigation before quickly leaving the scene.
The police were on site Monday morning, photographing blood-soaked evidence and the bullet-ridden jeep.
It is the fourth shooting in or near the CHOP zone in nine days.
CHOP security officers carry pistols and other weapons openly with them. A member previously saw an AK-47 swinging.
An earlier fatal shootout in the zone killed a 19-year-old man and wounded a 33-year-old man on June 20.
Police chief Carmen Best said the violence that occurred in the zone a little more than a week after the other shots was "dangerous and unacceptable."
"Enough is enough," said Best. "We have to be able to get back into the area."
Demonstrators have claimed that the shootout only unfolded after the vehicle was plowed into the CHOP zone and those in the car started shooting
The police were on site Monday morning to collect the blood-soaked evidence and the white jeep that was involved in the fatal shots
Seattle Police Department investigators are gathering evidence at the site of the fatal shootout in the city's CHOP zone on Monday morning
Another person, who refused to give his name but claimed to be a witness to the incident, said the police responded and conducted a fleeting investigation before quickly leaving the scene
One of the wounded was brought to Harborview Medical Center in a private vehicle at around 3:15 a.m. before the second man was brought in by Seattle Fire Department medical personnel about 15 minutes later
Protesters have occupied several blocks around East Precinct and a Seattle Police Department park for about three weeks after the police left the area after clashes and clashes with demonstrators called for racial justice and an end to police brutality.
The camp is celebrated by its followers as an "ideal society" in which people help each other with food and medical care. However, President Donald Trump has mocked it as the home of the "thugs and anarchists".
Trump has threatened to dismantle the zone with the help of the federal forces.
The city of Seattle and Mayor Jenny Durkan made efforts last week to dismantle the CHOP.
Officials were forced to withdraw from plans when a protester lay down on the street to prevent Seattle Department of Transportation crews and heavy machinery from removing barricades in the occupied zone.
Since then, negotiations between the city guide and the organizers have collapsed, and hundreds of demonstrators have declared that they will refuse to leave the area until their demands are met.
The camp has been more difficult to manage since the occupation began three weeks ago, attracting violence and a large homeless population.
Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city last Wednesday for tolerance of the zone. They said officials had denied them their rights to their property.
The blood-soaked and bullet-ridden jeep stayed at the scene on Monday morning. It is the fourth shooting in or near the CHOP zone in nine days
CHOP security officers who are self-proclaimed and heavily armed carry guns and other weapons around with them. A member was seen swinging an AK-47. The bulletproof jeep is pictured on Monday morning
The cars were scattered across the street on Monday morning after the police taped the area
Armed men manned checkpoints that control access to the CHAZ. Police say they have received complaints that demonstrators are demanding cash to enter the zone and are shaking off companies inside for "protection money."
A man wearing an automatic weapon works at a checkpoint in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone on June 10, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.
The companies said they did not intend to undermine the anti-police brutality or Black Lives Matter's report of the protest, but said they had limited access to their companies.
They said they were sometimes threatened to photograph protesters in public areas or to remove graffiti from their shop windows.
President Donald Trump previously beat up the protesters and local lawmakers and said Fox News last week: "If they don't do anything with Seattle, we'll do it – we'll go in there.
“Because what happens, they take over American cities. In all cases, they are Democrats. In any case, they are led by Democrats. & # 39;
Trump also tweeted: "When are the thugs, looters and anarchists moving out of the so-called" autonomous zone "in Seattle? Get started! & # 39 ;.
Protesters have left their mark on the area by renaming Pine Street as George Floyd Way and covering the empty police building with Black Lives Matter materials.
The group's demands include the release of all detained protesters, reducing the Seattle Police Department's budget by at least 50 percent.
They want this money to be used to fund issues such as restorative justice, housing and healthcare.
The city of Seattle and Mayor Jenny Durkan made efforts last week to dismantle the CHOP. Officials had to turn around when a protester lay down on the street to prevent crews and heavy machinery from the Seattle Department of Transportation from removing barricades in the occupied zone
Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city last Wednesday for tolerance of the zone. They said officials had denied them their rights to their property
The Seattle Police Department's East Precinct is also located in the Seattle Zone, which includes homes and businesses, where police officers were abandoned after receiving threats that the station could be overrun and burned down
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