Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Police Detail Man’s Threat Behind Panic at DC LGBTQ Parade

D.C. Pride parade canceled after false report of shots fired Washington's gay pride parade Saturday was canceled after a false report of a shooter
Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2019, 06:33

WASHINGTON | A man threatened another person with a BB gun during an LGBTQ pride parade in the nation's capital and set off a panic that sent hundreds of people, who mistakenly believed gunshots were fired, running in fear, police said Sunday. "But there is NO ACTIVE SHOOTER at Dupont Circle", Kevin Donahue, the deputy mayor for public safety, said in a tweet.

A man is due to appear in court after allegedly causing a stampede at a gay pride parade in the USA which left seven people needing hospital treatment.

A number of people reported hearing gunshots before the crowd fled. He was arrested. Rivera said there was no evidence that shots were fired.

As he was led away in handcuffs, Singh vowed to come back and shoot the person he claimed had threatened him, police said. A man pulled out a B.B. gun on someone else, cops said in a WTOP report.

Rumors of an active shooter triggered mass panic Saturday evening at the Capital Pride Parade in Washington D.C.

People run on a closed street to escape from what they thought was gunfire at a gay pride parade in Washington, U.S. June 8, 2019, in this still image taken from a video obtained via social media.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted that she had been briefed by police and there were "no shots fired".

The police report says officers made contact with Duffy, whom the report lists as Suspect 1, due to her significant other being arrested. "Everything fell and everyone said 'run!'" she said.

"We can't enable this incident to fracture the pleasure celebration occurring this weekend", Smith mentioned. "We're very focused on wanting to make sure we continue to have a great event for the rest of the weekend".

The group that organises the event said it had spent extensive time planning security procedures.

Guillermo Rivera, a commander with the Metropolitan Police Department, said the department had an "adequate amount of resources on the ground, which is why we were able to respond so quickly".