One shot at MILO event at the University of Washington:
A planned speech by controversial Breitbart.com editor Milo Yiannopoulos was delayed Friday evening before a man in the crowd outside the University of Washington venue was shot in the abdomen.
Seattle police announced an arrest in the shooting early Saturday and called the man a “person of interest” who was being questioned after turning himself into UW police. The university had tweeted a description of a possible suspect as an Asian male, 50 years old, 5-foot-7, 190 pounds, no facial hair, wearing a yellow cap and a black jacket.
Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg told The Associated Press that the 32-year-old victim, previously identified as 25, arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m. and that he was in surgery. After the shooting, the university urged people to avoid that area of campus near Red Square, which had seen a large police presence much of the night. By 11 p.m., all but a few stragglers had left the large plaza.
The shooting and accompanying violence outside the Yiannopoulos event marred what had been a long day of largely peaceful protest in the streets of Seattle.
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole told a late-night press conference that there had been “no arrests, no serious injuries, very little use of force by police and several successful demonstrations of free speech” before the UW incident.
“Seattle has a long, proud tradition of speaking up and speaking out, but we will not tolerate violence of any kind, against any person,” Mayor Ed Murray said in a written statement Friday night. “Thousands of Seattleites, including myself, will speak up and march peacefully throughout this weekend.”
The shooting came almost an hour after officials stopped allowing entry to people with tickets for the Kane Hall lecture by Yiannopoulos, a leading white nationalist figure who has been banned from Twitter for harassment. The event had been oversold, as Yiannopoulos’s supporters and detractors scrambled to pack the speech.
Red Square. Indeed. Anyhow, as I wrote previously, be prepared. They’re working themselves up to more serious violence.
Fascinating to see how MILO has been transformed into “a leading white nationalist figure”.