The father of a 19-year-old man who was one of two people shot and killed in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone said the no-cop “autonomous” area must be shut down.
“This doesn’t look like a protest to me no more,” said Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Kiro7 reported. “That just looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want to.”
Anderson’s son, also named Horace Lorenzo Anderson, was killed early June 20 in the shooting that also injured a 33-year-old man.
The father’s comments came Monday — hours after the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy in the lawless zone.
Both teen victims were black, according to Kiro7.
Anderson said it’s also time to call back the National Guard.
“They should deployed them here to say ‘Man, it’s time to go,’” he said. “‘It’s time to move on. And break this up.’”
Protesters who say they are calling for racial justice have taken over several blocks surrounding Seattle’s now-abandoned East Precinct for weeks now, dubbing the so-called leaderless area CHOP.
One demonstrator claimed the group opened fire in the latest shooting because they were being shot at.
“We need to defend ourselves,” a man named Colby told Kiro7. “We need to retaliate. We need to exercise our Second Amendment right.”