Seattle police are asking for the public’s help in identifying several people they believe were involved in a June shooting that injured a 33-year-old man near the Capitol Hill protest zone, known as CHOP, according to a Tuesday statement from the department.
The man was one of two people shot in the early morning of June 20, though Seattle police don’t believe the two incidents were connected, said police Det. Patrick Michaud Tuesday night. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition that night, though his health improved and he was transferred out of intensive care a few days later.
The other victim, 19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson, died of his injuries at Harborview that night.
Both shootings are still under investigation, and no arrests have been made in connection to the incidents.
According to police, the 33-year-old man later made “several statements online and to a media outlet, indicating he was attacked and shot following a dispute with a group of people outside the CHOP.”
Detectives said in the Police Department’s Tuesday statement that they found some of the victim’s statements “did not align with details they gathered from evidence found at the scene.”
They also said they believed the 33-year-old was with a group of people just before he was shot, and that the people of interest may be associated with a gray or silver Jeep Wrangler, the statement said.
In a brief surveillance video clip police shared from the night of the shooting, they highlight a group of four of five people standing near the corner of 11th Avenue and East Pike Street around 2:45 a.m. It’s unclear what the group is doing, but after about a minute, they disperse.
“It looks like there’s some kind of scuffle there and someone falls back on the car (behind the Jeep),” Michaud said. “Then someone hops in the Jeep and takes off. We’re looking for that person.”
Michaud said detectives are looking for four or five people, including at least one woman.
The video clip takes place after fire officials received the initial 911 call, which came in at 2:19 a.m., according to a timeline prepared by the Seattle Fire Department. Anderson arrived at the hospital in a private vehicle at 2:42 a.m., and the 33-year-old victim was found at 2:51 a.m and then transferred to the hospital.
The roughly six-block area near Cal Anderson Park — named CHOP, for the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest — had been a gathering point throughout June for demonstrators protesting police violence against Black people following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Anderson’s mother, Donnitta Sinclair Martin, has since filed a wrongful-death claim against the city of Seattle, alleging city officials created a dangerous environment by allowing protesters to occupy six city blocks and that police and fire officials failed to medically assist her son.
Police are asking anyone with any information about the shooting to call their violent crimes tip line at 206-233-5000.
Seattle Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green contributed to this story.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the shooting that injured the 33-year-old man as the same incident that killed 19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson. The Seattle Police Department has since confirmed this investigation refers only to the shooting that injured the 33-year-old, and this story has been updated to reflect that change.