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Person Shot During Milo Speech Protest At University Of Washington


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One person was shot and suffered a potentially life threatening injury Friday night at the University of Washington while people protested a speech by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

University of Washington Police Chief John Vinson said at a news conference late Friday that the victim was a 25-year-old man. He was in surgery after the shooting, and the Seattle Fire Department described his wound as possibly life threatening.

Seattle Police said on Twitter that the the victim suffered a “suspected gunshot wound to the abdomen.” Officials did not identify the victim.

The person of interest in the shooting later turned himself in to University of Washington police. He is now being questioned about the incident.

Another person suffered a head injury and officers were responding to reports of an assault, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Police did not make any arrests Friday, Vinson said at the news conference.

The chaos erupted around the time Yiannopoulos — who has written for alt-right website Breitbart and who prominently supported Trump’s presidential campaign — took the stage at the university.

Soon after the shooting, police could be seen deploying pepper spray to disperse the crowds. Multiple journalists at the scene reported seeing protesters throwing objects including bricks.

According to the Seattle Times, police told attendees at Yiannopoulos’ speech to remove their Trump hats and other gear before leaving.

The protests in Seattle were among many that took place in cities across the US Friday in response to Trump’s inauguration.

This is a developing story. Check back later and follow @BuzzFeedNews on Twitter for updates.

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