June 22, 2020 / 9:15 AM / 13 days ago

Police probing second reported shooting in Seattle protest zone

FILE PHOTO: People walk by signs at a barrier set up at the edge of the self-proclaimed CHAZ/CHOP zone around the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct as people call for the defunding of police and protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

(Reuters) - Seattle police said they were investigating a reported shooting inside the Capital Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone in what would be the second such incident there in the past 48 hours.

In the earlier shooting, a teenager was killed and another person wounded on Saturday in the part of the city occupied by activists protesting against police brutality and racial inequality across the United States.

"Police investigating reported shooting inside CHOP zone. One person at HMC (Harborview Medical Center) with gunshot wound," the police department in the city in the Pacific coast state of Washington said in a tweet bit.ly/317iIwO.

“Hearing reports of a second shooting, but have not be able to verify at this time,” it said, adding that further updates would be issued later.

A Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman said a person was being treated at HMC for a bullet wound attained around the protest zone.

Anti-racism protests and demonstrations against police brutality have spread across the country since the death of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while detaining him in Minneapolis on May 25.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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