A fourth fatal shooting took place in the CHOP early this morning

Jun 29 2020, 11:05 am

The Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), formerly known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) and Free Capitol Hill, is a six-block space that has been occupied by protesters since June 8.

On Monday morning, around 3 am, dispatchers received multiple 911 calls after gunfire erupted near 12th Avenue and Pike Street. According to Seattle Police, one person was killed and a second person was critically wounded.

This incident is the fourth shooting that’s taken place over the last eight days in the CHOP.

“When investigators arrived, they found a white Jeep Cherokee riddled with bullet holes on 12th Avenue between Pike and Pine,” said Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best. “Officers were told two men in the vehicle had been shot, but both were gone when officers got there.

One of the victims, an unidentified adult male, was pronounced deceased at Harborview Medical Center. A second victim, a 14-year-old male, remains hospitalized with gunshot injuries

Best says the investigation is being hindered by a “disturbed” crime scene.

“Our homicide detectives searched the Jeep for evidence but there wasn’t much we could find,” Best said. “The typical things we search for in a shooting like this weren’t there and it’s abundantly clear to our detectives that people had been in and out of the car after the shooting.”

Anyone with information on this morning’s shooting is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department’s Violent Crimes tip line at (206) 233-5000.

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