A 31-year-old man was shot and killed at a victory rally In Seattle, Washington, for the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and police are still looking for clues and asking for help in identifying a suspect. The incident happened in the early morning hours of Sunday at a post-election celebration in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
The victim, MarQuies Demone Patterson, reportedly attended the event because he wanted to "be a part of history.
Patterson was found by police at 10th Avenue East and East Pike Street, and was quickly taken to Harborview Medical Center. Sadly, medical crews were unable to revive him and he later died from his injuries.
Police spokesman Detective Mark Jamieson told the Seattle Times that there was no indication the shooting was politically motivated.
Que Vasser, Patterson’s mother, said that she was with her son for most of the night and the celebration did not appear to be dangerous or violent.
“He just wanted to go out and show his respect for the new president and the vice president. We were told he was happy and he bumped into his old high school friends,” Patterson said.
“He just wanted to be part of something. He wanted to be part of history,” she said.
However, she did say that she warned him to be careful that evening in case there were any clashes between people who disagreed on the outcome of the election.
One of the friends who were nearby at the time of the shooting told Vasser that Patterson had said goodbye to his friends and then began to walk down the street. Just a few seconds later they heard gunshots and turned around to see Patterson falling down.
“He was a hardworking, caring, loving, respectable young man. He was just trying to make a life for his children,” Vasser said.
Patterson was the father of two children, ages 9 and 10.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Department’s tip line at 206-233-5000.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood, where the incident occurred, is the location that was taken over by Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists earlier this year and turned into an "Autonomous Zone."
The city allowed the protesters to stay for about three weeks before raiding the area and removing the protesters. Officials say that a series of shootings that took place in the zone prompted them to crack down on the protesters. For decades the neighborhood has been a gathering place for activists and members of the LGBT community.
Last month, the Washington Post reported that the FBI and Department of Justice are preparing for violence across the country due to the election.
Also last month, Wal Mart made a strange announcement that they were going to take guns off the shelves in preparation for civil unrest, but then reversed the decision a day later and made another big announcement that they would, in fact, still have guns on display. Gun sales have been booming this election season, but it appeared that Wal Mart was taking advantage of the intense climate for some free advertisement.