In the early morning hours, the Capitol Hill Occupied Zone (CHOP) had its third shooting. The police and emergency departments were able to assist in this situation because a staging area or neutral zone has been established so if injuries do occur people can be treated.
This is the third shooting in less than 3 days in the neighborhood. The 30-year-old victim was transported to Harborview Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. 19-year-old Horace Anderson was shot and killed early Saturday morning from several gunshot wounds. When police and paramedics tried to help by entering the area, the protestors pushed them back and they were not able to render aid. Protestors drove Anderson to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Two other people were injured during the recent shootings.
The CHOP situation in Seattle may soon be coming to an end. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, held a press conference on Monday, where she announced the SPD will be returning to the East Precinct. Durkan stated, "The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” Durkan said. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased". She added, "It's not only wrong, but it's undermining and distracting from the message we're hearing in the streets. The city will not allow for gun violence to continue in the evenings around Capitol Hill and if individuals continue to remain at the park, we will be looking at additional steps for community safety. SPD will be returning to the East Precinct. We will do it peacefully in the near future,” Durkan said. “But it is clear that while the physical space is important, we are going to focus our greatest efforts on reimagining policing itself.”
Durkan came under fire for letting the protestors barricade the 6 block area of the Capitol Hill neighborhood on June 8th after allowing the East Precinct to be abandoned. Durkan stated in an interview on CNN with Chris Cuomo, “I don’t know. We could have a summer of love.” She has said that particular neighborhood has block parties all the time during the summer.
President Trump has called out Durkan and Governor Jay Inslee as well as repeatedly stating only "Law and Order" on Twitter. Governor Inslee claimed he didn't know anything about the takeover by protestors during a June 9th press conference by stating "I hadn’t heard about it”.
Hopefully, there can be a peaceful ending to the situation in Seattle and the residents and businesses can begin the process of rebuilding their neighborhood and lives. Many businesses have been looted and destroyed and residents that live in the neighborhood have been subject to home invasions, rape and assaults and a plethora of illegal activity without the assistance of police and emergency departments to help them even though they have paid for those services through their taxes.
It is noteworthy to mention that Portland, New York City, Asheville, North Carolina, and Washington, DC protestors have all tried to set up Autonomous Zones and they have been quickly and swiftly dismantled by law enforcement. It is becoming clear the situation in Seattle is becoming increasingly unstable within the "Zone".