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Homeless 16-year-old carjacked Jeep then friend told him to drive to CHOP 'for safety'

The 16-year-old boy who was shot dead by CHOP security in Seattle was homeless and had just carjacked a Jeep when he was told by a friend to drive to the cop-free zone ‘for safety’, DailyMail.com can reveal. 

Antonio Mays Jr died in a hail of bullets in the early hours of Monday morning and his passenger, a 14-year-old, was critically injured after armed security guards fired on their white Jeep Cherokee, which crashed into the barriers of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) security zone. 

Ciara Walker, 25, described the two boys as her ‘street brothers’ and said Mays Jr and the other teen had been living with her and her husband in a tent at the nearby Cal Anderson Park, located just outside the CHOP zone.

She told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview the boys had stolen the Jeep hours before and were being followed and shot at, prompting her to tell the teens to go into the zone for safety.  

Walker revealed she was on the phone with the boys when they were shot, saying: ‘The last thing I heard was a crash and pop pop pop, I’m not sure who said what, but one of them said, ”’Ah s**t I’m hit, I don’t wanna die.” Then the phone went dead.’ 

Antonio Mays Jr, the 16-year-old boy who was shot dead by CHOP security in Seattle, was homeless and had just carjacked a Jeep when he was told by a friend to drive to the zone 'for safety', DailyMail.com can reveal

Antonio Mays Jr, the 16-year-old boy who was shot dead by CHOP security in Seattle, was homeless and had just carjacked a Jeep when he was told by a friend to drive to the zone ‘for safety’, DailyMail.com can reveal 

Ciara Walker, 25, (pictured) described the two boys as her 'street brothers' and said Mays Jr and the other teen had been living with her and her husband in a tent at the nearby Cal Anderson Park, located just outside the CHOP zone. Walker revealed she was on the phone with the boys when they were shot, saying: 'The last thing I heard was a crash and pop pop pop, I¿m not sure who said what, but one of them said, '''Ah s**t I¿m hit, I don¿t wanna die.'' Then the phone went dead'

Ciara Walker, 25, (pictured) described the two boys as her ‘street brothers’ and said Mays Jr and the other teen had been living with her and her husband in a tent at the nearby Cal Anderson Park, located just outside the CHOP zone. Walker revealed she was on the phone with the boys when they were shot, saying: ‘The last thing I heard was a crash and pop pop pop, I’m not sure who said what, but one of them said, ”’Ah s**t I’m hit, I don’t wanna die.” Then the phone went dead’

Antonio Mays Jr died in a hail of bullets in the early hours of Monday morning and his passenger, a 14-year-old, was critically injured after armed security guards fired on the white Jeep Cherokee they were driving and had crashed into the barriers of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) security zone

Antonio Mays Jr died in a hail of bullets in the early hours of Monday morning and his passenger, a 14-year-old, was critically injured after armed security guards fired on the white Jeep Cherokee they were driving and had crashed into the barriers of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) security zone

Police have released a video documenting the acts of violence inside CHOP over the last few weeks; gunmen are seen prowling on the night of Mays Jr's death

Police have released a video documenting the acts of violence inside CHOP over the last few weeks; gunmen are seen prowling on the night of Mays Jr’s death

Armed security inside Seattle's 'occupied' protest zone fired 300 rounds on the night they shot dead a black 16-year-old boy driving a Jeep, according to one eyewitness

Armed security inside Seattle’s ‘occupied’ protest zone fired 300 rounds on the night they shot dead a black 16-year-old boy driving a Jeep, according to one eyewitness

Walker said she had only known both boys for the past few months, saying: ‘They were runaways, we don’t know much about them. They weren’t gang members even though they hung out with Blood gang members.’

Walker said the two teens had carjacked and beat up the owner of the white Jeep Cherokee just hours before the fatal shooting. ‘They held someone up at knifepoint to carjack the Jeep,’ she said. 

The teens were joy riding around doing ‘stupid s**t’ but then CHOP security started to follow them, as well as other vehicles, Walker claimed.

She added: ‘Both [Mays Jr] and [redacted] came to us and told us they were being chased, we told them to get away from them.

‘They had told us that a car was following them with guns and another black Chevy Suburban that had the words ”Security” written on the car was following them, as well shooting at them.

‘We told them to turn around and drive to the police precinct in the CHOP for safety on 12th and Pine.

‘They drove into the CHOP zone not to ambush the sleeping protesters but for their own safety and it ended up costing at least one of them their life.’ 

Walker said she heard several gunshots, which were ‘too many to count’, and insisted the teenagers didn’t have firearms.  

One eyewitness said 300 rounds were fired on the night of Mays Jr’s killing, as the wild spray of bullets went into neighboring apartments about 100 yards away, photos obtained by DailyMail.com show. 

Mays Jr’s death marked the second fatal shooting in the area after a 19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson was killed on June 20. 

Seattle police on Wednesday reclaimed their precinct in the city’s ‘occupied’ protest zone after the mayor finally issued an early morning executive order to vacate the area. 

DailyMail.com has contacted police for the latest on their investigation into the fatal shooting to determine where any of those in the video are suspects

DailyMail.com has contacted police for the latest on their investigation into the fatal shooting to determine where any of those in the video are suspects

One eyewitness said 300 rounds were fired on the night of Mays Jr's killing. A gunman is seen in footage above from that night

One eyewitness said 300 rounds were fired on the night of Mays Jr’s killing. A gunman is seen in footage above from that night

A gunman is seen above on the night the 16-year-old boy was shot dead. Seattle police on Wednesday reclaimed their precinct in the city's 'occupied' protest zone after the mayor finally issued an early morning executive order to vacate the area

A gunman is seen above on the night the 16-year-old boy was shot dead. Seattle police on Wednesday reclaimed their precinct in the city’s ‘occupied’ protest zone after the mayor finally issued an early morning executive order to vacate the area

One eyewitness said 300 rounds were fired on the night of Mays Jr killing, as the wild spray of bullets went into neighboring apartments around 100 yards away, photos obtained by DailyMail.com show

Seattle police on Wednesday moved in to reclaim their precinct in the city's 'occupied' protest zone

Seattle police on Wednesday moved in to reclaim their precinct in the city’s ‘occupied’ protest zone

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the city's 'occupied' protest zone an 'unlawful assembly' in an order Wednesday. Seattle police confirmed Wednesday they would be 'in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor's order'

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the city’s ‘occupied’ protest zone an ‘unlawful assembly’ in an order Wednesday. Seattle police confirmed Wednesday they would be ‘in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor’s order’

TIMELINE OF VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE’S CHOP ZONE

June 8: Protesters occupy the area; police abandoned the precinct

June 20: A 19-year-old man is shot dead and a 33-year-old man was wounded 

June 24: Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city 

June 29: Two teens shot – one fatally – in Jeep at zone’s concrete barriers 

June 30: Barricades at Seattle’s cop-free zone are torn down as protesters replace concrete barriers with trash cans and couches 

July 1:

Early hours : Mayor Jenny Durkan demand all barriers are removed after a 525 per cent spike in violent crimes in the area

5am: Police swarm the zone 

5:30am: Eyewitnesses say officers have cleared the area

7am: Chief Carmen Best confirms police have taken back precinct

Law enforcement also released a video documenting the acts of violence inside CHOP over the last few weeks. Gunmen are seen prowling through the area on the night of Mays Jr’s death. 

DailyMail.com has contacted police for the latest on their investigation into the fatal shooting and to determine whether any of those in the video released by cops are suspects in the Mays Jr’s killing.   

Protesters had occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct after officers abandoned the building on June 8 following clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality. 

At least 31 people were arrested at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone Wednesday which has seen crime rise by more than 500 per cent in just over three weeks.  

Tweeting the footage of gunmen in the CHOP area over the past three weeks police wrote: ‘Some of the violence in and armed individuals in the CHOP have been captured by open source video recorded in the area.’

In the clip one person running from gunfire can be heard calling the zone a ‘nightmare’, adding: ‘This has got to be the end of CHOP in my opinion. 

‘I think it’s pretty much over after this. This is kind of a nightmare.’  

The footage begins on June 20 and shows a fight between demonstrators; one person is surrounded on the ground and appears to be being dragged along.

By June 20 – the night of the first fatal shooting in the zone – the sound of gunfire is picked up on security cameras. 

The footage then cuts to June 29  – the night of Mays Jr’s death – and a a number of people are seen prowling the streets with guns.

Volunteer medic Marty Jackson had described the area as an ‘active war zone’ and said: ‘I don’t think we’re gonna stop here.’  

Speaking outside the precinct Wednesday morning police chief Carmen Best confirmed her officers had reclaimed the precinct, with the help of Bellevue police and the FBI, but could not offer a time frame on when they would move back in. 

A gunman is seen above on the night the 16-year-old was shot dead. There have been four shootings in the area in and around CHOP in the past three weeks

A gunman is seen above on the night the 16-year-old was shot dead. There have been four shootings in the area in and around CHOP in the past three weeks

Footage of fighting inside CHOP on June 20 is seen above. Police released the footage Wednesday showing violence in the area over the past three weeks

Police released the footage Wednesday showing violence in the area over the past three weeks

Footage of fighting inside CHOP on June 20 is seen above. Police released the footage Wednesday showing violence in the area over the past three weeks

She said: ‘Our job is to support peaceful demonstration but what has happened on these streets over the last two weeks is lawless and it’s brutal and bottom line it is simply unacceptable.’ 

At least 100 police officers swarmed CHOP at about 5am and a loud bang was heard at about 6.15am followed by a cloud of smoke. 

Officers tore down demonstrators’ tents and used bicycles to herd the protesters.  

Police tore down fences that protesters had erected around their tents and used batons to poke inside bushes, apparently looking for people who might be hiding inside.

Most protesters appeared to have dispersed several hours after the operations started and armed officers looked on from rooftops as clean-up crews of workers arrived to break down tables and tarps that protesters had set up in the zone.  

Footage from inside the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone shows the chaotic scenes and the bullet ridden vehicle in the immediate aftermath of the shoot out

Footage from inside the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone shows the chaotic scenes and the bullet ridden vehicle in the immediate aftermath of the shoot out

Those inside CHOP say they started shooting at the Jeep only after two teens opened fire on them and drove into a barricade

Those inside CHOP say they started shooting at the Jeep only after two teens opened fire on them and drove into a barricade

A second teen, Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot dead in the area on June 20

A second teen, Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot dead in the area on June 20

Volunteer medic Marty Jackson had described the area as an 'active war zone' and said: 'I don't think we're gonna stop here'

Volunteer medic Marty Jackson had described the area as an ‘active war zone’ and said: ‘I don’t think we’re gonna stop here’

Officers in riot gear issued a dispersal order at 5am leading to the 31 arrests within just 30 minutes amid fears the protesters could now move to West Precinct

Officers in riot gear issued a dispersal order at 5am leading to the 31 arrests within just 30 minutes amid fears the protesters could now move to West Precinct

There had been increasing calls by critics, including President Trump, to remove protesters from the ‘Capitol Hill Occupied Protest’ area east of downtown.

Protesters say they should not be blamed for the violence in the area. People continued to add artwork, flowers and candles at a memorial for the 16-year-old on Tuesday.

Chief Best said the shootings are obscuring the message of racial justice promoted by protesters.

Nearby businesses and property owners also filed a federal lawsuit against the city last week, saying officials have been too tolerant of those who created the zone and that officials have deprived property owners of their property rights by allowing the zone to continue existing.

Also Tuesday, Mayor Durkan asked the City Council to investigate council member Kshama Sawant, accusing her of opening City Hall to protesters on June 9 and participating in a protest march to Durkan’s home on Sunday.

‘She and organizers knew that my address was protected under the state confidentiality program because of threats against me due largely to my work as U.S. attorney,’ Durkan wrote.

Sawant said she had not organized the march and wasn’t taking Durkan’s words personally, The Seattle Times reported.

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