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'There's a limit': Residents on edge, city leaders mum after deadly CHOP shooting

KOMO-TV Seattle logo KOMO-TV Seattle 6/21/2020 Cole Miller | KOMO News
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SEATTLE – With growing fear and frustration from neighbors following a deadly shooting near ‘CHOP,’ the ‘Capitol Hill Occupied Protest’ early Saturday morning, city leaders have remained nearly silent Sunday.

A 19-year-old man was killed after gunfire erupted at around 2:20 a.m. Medics from ‘CHOP’ rushed him to the hospital where he later died. A second shooting about a half hour later and a block away. That man, who’s 33-years-old, remains in critical condition in the ICU at Harborview.

Mayor Jenny Durkan released a brief statement saying she had been in contact with the fire and police chiefs, adding “the primary duty of SFD and SPD is to ensure public safety in all parts of the city.” Aside from that, she’s said nothing more.

“I would invite Mayor Durkan to spend one night in the ‘CHOP’ area,” said a man who lives near the zone. “And she can feel for herself what it’s like.”

KOMO News also reached out members of the Seattle City Council and as of Sunday afternoon, only Kshama Sawant had released a statement which came down on Saturday.

“You’re the reason why the situation is what it is today,” said that man who didn’t want to be identified, pointing fingers at both the council and mayor. “You need to take responsibility, step in and enforce our city laws.”

“The residents and homeowners feel hostage,” he added. “We feel like we’re being held hostage in our own neighborhood because city officials are not doing anything about the situation.”

Many neighbors that KOMO News has spoken with say the support the Black Lives Matter movement but say what ‘CHOP’ has turned in to is no longer a protest.

“This is one of the most liberal neighborhoods in the city that supports movements like this, 100 percent, and we don’t even know how to do that now,” said Nancy Douglas. “Don’t necessarily look for a leader in this movement and push everything aside until you find that person because you’re not going to find that person.”

“You need to let people know there’s a limit,” said Douglas.

A group from ‘CHOP’ released a statement about the shootings, reading in part “it seems the situation escalated because of gang affiliations” in regards to the deadly shooting. It finished by reading “we still want what we wanted from day one, justice for all.”

Many who live near and in ‘CHOP’ tell KOMO News the worry the longer it goes on, the worse it will get.

“ I’m so mad at the mayor,” said Victoria Beach, chair of the African American Community Advisory Council. “I feel like she might as well have had her hand on that gun because she’s allowing this. She needs to move in now and do something.”

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