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Capital Pride marchers panic after mistaken gunfire; man arrested

12 June 2019, 06:33 | Glen Norman

Washington's gay pride parade Saturday was canceled after a false report of a shooter

D.C. Pride parade canceled after false report of shots fired

The panic happened Saturday near Dupont Circle, where crowds of people gathered to celebrate but heard what sounded like a series of gunshots amid the celebrations.

One man was taken into custody and multiple people sustained minor injuries after a report of a man with a gun at the Capital Pride parade in Washington, D.C.

A man turned into once arrested for waving a handgun all the draw throughout the Capital Pride Parade in Washington DC - sparking a stampede that left several folks within the clinic, in preserving with police officers.

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"While canvassing the south side of the park, Officer Maio was flagged down by a concerned citizen who pointed out Suspect 1 and stated he was the individual that had a gun in his bag", the report says. "There are injuries from people running from what they thought were gunshots". Other people were treated at the scene, in Washington's Dupont Circle. He was arrested. Rivera said there was no evidence that shots were fired. Singh was stopped as he approached a brown paper bag containing a silver-colored imitation pistol, police said.

"We can't enable this incident to fracture the pleasure celebration occurring this weekend", Smith mentioned. Seven people were taken to hospitals after being injured in the chaos.

He said the group spent extensive time planning security procedures.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser, in a statement posted on Twitter, confirmed that no shots were fired and said fire department personnel were "on the scene to treat minor injuries / due to reports of a shooting".

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".

The man, named in United States media as Aftabjit Singh, allegedly sent the crowd running through the streets of Washington, DC, on Saturday after wielding what appeared to be a gun.

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