A gunman opened fire in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night following an argument and wounded five people, one man critically, not far from protests over the surprise victory of Republican Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.The shooting did not appear to be related to the anti-Trump demonstrations but instead stemmed from “some type of personal argument”, Robert Merner, assistant chief of the Seattle Police Department, told reporters.
“It appears that some type of argument took place. This individual began to walk away from the crowd, then turned and fired into the crowd,” Merner said.He said the suspect then fled from the area on foot and remained at large.
Police and fire crews were on the scene in less than a minute because they had been in the area to monitor the demonstrations, he said, but did not arrive in time to engage the suspect.
Police closed down the intersection of Third Avenue and Pine streets, where the shooting took place in front of a 7-11 convenience store.The Seattle Times newspaper reported that witnesses heard several gunshots.
Seattle police said on Twitter on Wednesday night that they were investigating a report of a shooting with “multiple victims” not far from the scene of protests over the surprise victory of Republican Donald Trump in the US presidential election.
The Seattle Fire Department said on Twitter shortly after 7 p.m. local time that crews were treating five patients with gunshot wounds, two of them with life-threatening injuries.It was not immediately clear if the shooting was related to the demonstrations. Seattle police said on Twitter that more details would be released “as they become available.”
Local KIRO-TV reported that the suspect remained at large following the shooting.
California students walk out of classes in Trump protest
Hundreds of students across California and other states walked out of classes on Wednesday, many of them chanting “not our president,” to protest Republican Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election.
In one of the largest demonstrations, some 1,500 students and teachers rallied in the courtyard of Berkeley High School in California, and then marched toward the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, a city known for its progressive politics.
“We’re sitting here, setting our clocks back to 1950 electing this fool. You know? Trump honestly just makes us realize how much hate and ignorance is left,” a female student told the rally, monitored via the social media app Periscope.
In downtown Los Angeles, a mostly Latino group of about 300 high school students, mostly from the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, walked out of classes and marched to the steps of City Hall, where they held a brief but boisterous rally. Several school officials accompanied the youths as chaperones.Chanting in Spanish, “The people united will never be defeated,” the group held signs with slogans such as “Not Supporting Racism, Not My President,” and “Immigrants Make America Great.”A representative of the Trump campaign could not be reached immediately for comment.
About a fourth of the students from Miguel Contreras are members of the so-called “Dreamers” generation, children whose undocumented parents entered the United States with them illegally, school officials said, and fear of deportation under a Trump administration is a major concern.
One of Trump’s marquee campaign pledges was to build a wall along the border with Mexico to keep out undocumented immigrants and deport en masse those who immigrated illegally.
“A child should not live in fear that they will be deported. They should not live in fear that they themselves will be deported,” said Stephanie Hipolito, one of the student organizers of the walkout. She said her parents are U.S. citizens.”We’re not criminals. We’re not drug dealers. We’re hard-working people looking for the American dream like anybody else,” she said.
A few hundred students also walked out of classes in Seattle, Phoenix and the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Oakland, El Cerrito and Richmond. Several hundred more pupils at the University of Texas protested on campus as well, according to local reports and footage on social media.
Anti-Trump rallies were planned later Wednesday in New York, Boston, Chicago and other cities as well, according to social media postings. A Facebook page for a protest scheduled for Manhattan’s Union Square Park showed more than 8,000 people planned to attend.
Demonstrators smashed storefront windows and set garbage and tires ablaze late Tuesday in downtown Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco. A few miles away, students at the University of California at Berkeley students protested on campus.