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Seattle Police Confirm 16-Year-Old Killed in Shooting Near Protest Zone Monday

© REUTERS / LINDSEY WASSONSeattle Police Chief Carmen Best holds a news conference inside the CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) area in front of the Seattle Police Department - East Precinct, hours after a fatal shooting as people occupy space in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 29, 2020.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best holds a news conference inside the CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) area in front of the Seattle Police Department - East Precinct, hours after a fatal shooting as people occupy space in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 29, 2020. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Seattle Police Department confirmed in a statement on Monday that a 16-year-old male was the victim in a shooting earlier in the day near the so-called Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone, which is occupied by anti-police demonstrators.

"Detectives have identified the deceased victim as a 16-year-old male," police said in the statement.

Another 14-year-old victim in the incident is still receiving treatment from gunshot wounds at Harborview Medical Center, the statement said.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said during a press conference on Monday that investigators have no information about the incident and no leads on possible suspects.

Last week, three people were shot within 48 hours, including a 19-year-old man who died, according to police reports.

City efforts to dismantle the zone have so far been thwarted by protesters, who reportedly blocked authorities from reaching the victim who was fatally wounded in last week’s shootings.

Last week, one of the protest leaders, David Lewis, told Sputnik that the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area is not an autonomous zone as alleged by President Donald Trump and others. He also said the group has no plans to secede.

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