Milo Protester Shoots Suspected Conservative, No Charges After He Points To 'Racism'

  • Milo Protester Shoots Suspected Conservative, No Charges After He Points To 'Racism'

Milo Protester Shoots Suspected Conservative, No Charges After He Points To 'Racism'

A man was shot and critically injured Friday evening at the University of Washington in Seattle during a protest held in opposition to an event featuring Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

The victim was transported to Harboview Medical Center with possible life-threatening injuries, according to USA Today.

At the UW, people began lining up for the Kane Hall speech, sponsored by the College Republicans, late Friday afternoon. Steve Rittereiser said police consulted with prosecutors and freed the two pending further investigation.

Police had earlier warned people to avoid the area given what they described as a "rowdy" protest, with bricks and paint-filled balloons thrown.

During this altercation, SPD received a report that a man in the crowd had been shot.

"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 to Seattle PI Friday night.

The Seattle Police Department announced that the University of Washington police arrested a person of interest after he turned himself in. And carried over into a rally against the Yiannopoulos event.

Yiannopoulos posted on Facebook after the event "prayers are with the victim, whoever he is".

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.

The right-wing editor has been permanently banned from Twitter for racism and misogyny.