1 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Seattle autonomous zone

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1 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Seattle autonomous zone (ABC News)

A 19-year-old man is dead and another person has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after an overnight shooting inside the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone in Seattle, police said.

The shooting occurred early Saturday, around 2:30 a.m. local time, inside the zone, which is also referred to as CHOP, according to a statement from the Seattle Police Department.

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Police said a "violent crowd" prevented them accessing to the victims. They said they were later informed that both victims had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics.

The 19-year-old later died and the other victim, who was only identified as male, remained in the hospital.

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Police said the suspect or suspects fled and are still at large, and homicide detectives are investigating.

PHOTO: An aerial view of the intersection of East Pine Street and 11th Avenue is seen during ongoing Black Lives Matter events, June 14, 2020 in Seattle. (David Ryder/Getty Images)
PHOTO: An aerial view of the intersection of East Pine Street and 11th Avenue is seen during ongoing Black Lives Matter events, June 14, 2020 in Seattle. (David Ryder/Getty Images)

The zone was established June 8 after Seattle police largely withdrew from the Capitol Hill district, leaving a void for protesters.

The protesters seized a roughly six-block area, including the east precinct, to create an "autonomous police-free zone."

Sealed off from outsiders by barricades and patrolled by armed residents, police aren't allowed inside.

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