After CHOP shooting, activists and officials look for ways to prevent protest zone violence

The deadly weekend shooting at the edge of Seattle’s nationally watched Capitol Hill protest zone is raising challenges for police investigators, while spurring debate among policymakers and activists over how to discourage nighttime violence.

The shooting took place early Saturday morning at 10th Avenue and East Pine Street, near a boundary of the roughly six-block Capitol Hill Organized Protest, known as CHOP or CHAZ, where demonstrators have largely blocked off law-enforcement access amid demands to defund the Police Department.

A 19-year-old man was killed in the shooting. A 33-year-old man was wounded and remained in critical condition Sunday in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center, according to spokeswoman Susan Gregg. Neither has been publicly identified by authorities.

Making her first public statement on the shootings Sunday evening, Mayor Jenny Durkan said “thousands of peaceful demonstrators gather almost daily” on Capitol Hill, but acknowledged “more dangerous conditions” at night.

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