A man critically wounded during a shooting inside the Capital Hill autonomous zone is now blaming Police for not keeping him safe.
Last weekend there were multiple separate shootings that occurred over a three day period, DeJuan Young was shot during one of those shootings early Saturday morning.
Young is also claiming that alt-right extremists are responsible and that the shooting was motivated by racism. The 33-year-old claims that he was shot just outside the CHOP zone. Young claims that he heard the first shooting and decided that he should leave and as he reached the area of 11th and Pike a group intercepted him and shot him.
“So basically I was shot by, I’m not sure if they’re ‘Proud Boys’ or KKK,” said Young. “But the verbiage that they said was hold this ‘N—–’ and shot me.”
“And they stood over top of me and continued to fire,” he said. “I tried to protect myself and got shot in the arm. And they got away.”
Young gives no description of who shot him despite his claims they stood over him.
Alex Bennett, a former nurse and not CHAZ volunteer medic took him to the hospital for medical attention.
“Someone said, ‘OK, then we’re going to get a van since no ambulance is coming,’” said Bennett. “‘We have to get this guy to a hospital.’”
That’s because Seattle fire medics were waiting for a police escort that was never provided.
“I understand everybody’s going to say, ‘Oh, it was the CHAZ zone and ya’ll asked for the police not to be there, so don’t act like ya’ll need them now,” said Young.
DeJuan Young has also been identified as one of the men who assaulted a journalist inside CHAZ.
“The cops left me out there to die.”
DeJuan Young, who was shot at CHAZ, recorded a TikTok video asking for legal & media help to publicize his story. He blames the shooting on the KKK or Proud Boys. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/IRzgriyOUi
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 25, 2020