Victim of UW protest shooting expresses 'empathy' for shooter

The victim is still at Harborview Medical Center, but he's urging for compassion for the man who shot him.

SEATTLE - SEATTLE -- The man shot during Friday's protests at the University of Washington expressed his "empathy" towards the shooter in an emailed statement Monday.

The 34-year-old victim, who has not been identified, is an active anti-fascist who is involved with the International Workers of the World.

According to a statement released by his attorney, he was in Red Square Friday night to "resist" the appearance of a controversial Breitbart News editor at Kane Hall.

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The injured man states he is aware of "conflicting narratives" regarding the shooting, but hopes to engage in "constructive dialogue" with the gunman to help deescalate violence.

The man was transferred out of intensive care to an acute care unit at Harborview Medical Center Monday night. His condition has improved from serious to satisfactory condition.

University of Washington Police is investigating the shooting.  It has not released official information on a possible motive, or why the shooter was released after turning himself in Friday night, moments after a press conference at headquarters.

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