At Least Two Shot, One Fatally, in Seattle’s Autonomous Zone

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 09: A "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" sign hangs on the exterior of the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct on June 9, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Protests have continued in many parts of the city including inside City Hall and around the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct, …
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At least two people were shot, one fatally, inside Seattle’s autonomous zone early Saturday morning.

Details on the shooting are scant, but Newsweek reports that “Seattle Police Department radio dispatchers received multiple reports of three to six gunshots around 2:20 a.m.”

The New York Post reports that both shooting victims were driven to a hospital in a private vehicle, but Newsweek noted that police recovered “the second victim [who] had a gunshot wound to the arm and chest.”

The Post cited a local blog post and reported that “a security employee working in the area reported seeing the shooter arrive in a black SUV and a 911 caller told police a man left the vehicle toting a rifle in the early morning hours at the end of Juneteenth celebrations.”

The Seattle Times reported that both victims were treated at Harborview Medical Center, where one of them died.

Seattle police abandoned the area now known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in early June after Eastern Precinct Police Headquarters were set ablaze. KIRO7 reports that police have since limited their responses to situations that “threaten life and safety.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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