One man was killed and another wounded in the “occupied” protest area in Seattle – the second deadly shooting in the area.
Police said the shooting took place before dawn in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, near the city center.
The Seattle Times reported that the Harborview Medical Center said that one of the wounded was hospitalized in a private car, and the second was brought by the Seattle Fire Department doctors after about 15 minutes.
The hospital said one man died and the other was in a critical condition, and the Seattle Police did not immediately reveal more information about the shooting.
The demonstrators occupied several buildings around the Seattle Police East area and a park for nearly two weeks after the police abandoned the area after confrontations and clashes with protesters demanding ethnic justice and an end to police brutality.
In a previous fatal shooting in the area, a 19-year-old man was killed on June 20 and a 33-year-old man was injured.
City Mayor Jenny Dorkan said last week that the city would end the organized protest zone on Capitol Hill.
Transport crews attempted to remove temporary barriers but stopped after protesters intercepted.
Neighboring companies and real estate owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city on Wednesday for its tolerance of the region, saying that officials were complicit in denying them their rights to their property.
The companies have said they do not intend to undermine protest messages against the police or brutality.
But they said that their access to their work was limited, and at times they were threatened with photographing protesters in public places or for cleaning up graffiti from their storefronts.