Police investigating after shooting in CHOP zone Tuesday morning

Jun 23 2020, 10:41 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.

Although the space had remained peaceful since its inception, the past week has seen three separate shootings within the CHOP.

Two of the shootings took place this weekend, while the third happened early Tuesday morning.

At 4:55 am on Tuesday, Seattle Police Department officers responded to a shooting at 11 Avenue and East Denny Way. According to the department, there were reports of one person injured.

The police department is still investigating the incident.

On Monday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted out a statement, noting that while daytime protests have remained peaceful, “it is very different at night.”

She announced that the Seattle Police Department would be peacefully returning to the East Precinct “to ensure public safety and appropriately respond to more than 100,000 9-1-1 calls.”

Alongside Chief Carmen Best, she will be working on ways to respond with community-based solutions. “Not every 9-1-1 call requires someone with a firearm to show up.”