Trump’s victory sparks tense protests; five shot in downtown Seattle
Soon after Donald Trump won the race to the White House, thousands of demonstrator took to street in Manhattan on Wednesday night protesting against the election of Republican as president. People converged on Trump Tower in Midtown to protest against the newly elected president.
According to a report in NYT, similar protests happened in several cities across the country, including Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Washington, and at college campuses in California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
In New York, the protests started in separate waves from Union Square and Columbus Circle and snaked their way through Midtown.
The angry protesters chanted “Not our president” and “New York hates Trump” and carried signs that said, among other things, “Dump Trump.” Restaurant workers in their uniforms briefly left their posts to cheer on the demonstrators.
The demonstrations, which appeared to be largely peaceful, forced streets to be closed, snarled traffic and drew a large police presence.
Meanwhile, a gunman opened fire in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night following an argument and wounded five people, not far from protests over the victory of Trump in the US presidential election.
The Seattle Times reported that two of the victims, both male, are in critical condition, according to Harborview Medical Center. Two other males and a female are in serious condition.
According to a report in Reuters, 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.
Merner said: “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.”
He added that 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.
Following the incident, police closed down the intersection of Third Avenue and Pine streets, where the shooting took place in front of a 7-11 convenience store.