Police investigate 3rd shooting near Seattle protest zone

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police are investigating another shooting that happened near the city’s “occupied” protest zone.

The shooting of the man in his 30s happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday in the Capitol Hill neighborhood east of downtown. A spokesperson at Harborview Medical Center said the man’s wounds were not life-threatening.

It was the third recent shooting near the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest.” One man was killed in a weekend shooting.

Of the Tuesday morning incident Seattle police said “the victim refused to provide any information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting or a suspect descripiton.”

Police said there were additional reports of shots fired in the area around the same time but there were no reports of additional victims.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Monday the city will move to wind down the protest zone following the shootings.

The mayor said the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of peaceful protesters opposing racial inequity and police brutality.

Durkan also said police will soon return to a police station that the department largely abandoned in the area after clashes with protesters following George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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