CHOP update: 16-year-old boy dead from gunshot wounds, another teen injured

Another shooting has claimed the life of a teen near the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP, formerly known as CHAZ) in Seattle.

On Monday, a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed, while another 14-year-old boy has been hospitalized in critical condition, Fox News reports. Local outlet Kiro 7 News reported that the shooting took place “at or near” the CHOP barricades around 3:00 am on Monday morning.

We’re not leaving

The CHOP was scheduled to be dismantled last week after another death occurred in or around the area, but that effort fell flat on its face.

Earlier in June, the Democrat mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, visited the occupied zone, which she described as a “block party” that might turn into a “summer of love.” That “atmosphere” lasted about two or three days before the first fatality was reported.

After the second death occurred, the mayor decided to break up the CHOP, but protesters prevented the work crews from getting into the area. After several hours, workers left without removing so much as a trash can from the entrance of the zone.

Since the protest’s inception, there have been multiple shootings, three deaths, and numerous reports of other crimes, including assault and rape.

Just getting more violent

Common sense dictates that ceding several city blocks, including the local police precinct, to radical anti-police protesters for weeks would be a mistake. Now three people have lost their lives, and more have been victimized by criminals.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best is looking to the mayor to provide some guidance to get this mess straightened out before something else happens. “It’s very unfortunate that we have another murder in this area identified as the CHOP,” Best stated.

She went to say that the real shame of it all is that these are African-American victims “at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter but they’re gone. They’re dead now. And, we’ve had multiple other incidents — assaults, rapes, robbery, shootings — so this is something that’s going to need to change.”

The current occupants of the area are interfering with police investigations, according to reports, so many of these crimes may never be solved. “As has been the case in other crime scenes up in this area, people are not being cooperative with our requests for help,” Best said.

The crime scene where the 16-year-old boy was shot had been “disturbed” before investigators arrived on the scene, police said.

On Tuesday, Seattle city workers removed “some” of the CHOP’s barriers — but protesters quickly put up new makeshift barricades, the Seattle Times reported.

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