“We were told that there were two men inside the vehicle, and they had both been shot.”
The two occupants were taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m. (6:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. ET), hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg told CNN.
The man later died and the 14-year-old boy remains in critical condition, the hospital said.
But CNN has observed that the number of people within the CHOP area has decreased significantly in the past week.
The police chief said violence in the autonomous zone “is a real problem” and said he wonders “why we would continue to allow this to happen.”
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration has been cautious in returning to the protest area. On Friday, a spokeswoman for the mayor told CNN that the CHOP area may “last a few more weeks.”
The extended approach has drawn criticism from local and national leaders, including President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly tweeted about the CHOP area.
The police chief said it is time for people to leave the autonomous protest zone.
“There are several people who are being hurt and wounded, and we have to do something about it,” Best said.
“We ask people to withdraw from this area for the safety of the people,” he said. “It is absolutely irresponsible that this trend continues.”