A panic brought on by a mistaken perception gun had been fired throughout a delight parade in America’s capital despatched folks operating by means of the town’s streets, authorities stated. Police stated some who fled had minor accidents and 7 had been taken to hospitals.
“Because the officers had been going to the scene, there was a crowd of individuals going away from it and among the people within the crowd stated there was a person with a gun and that somebody had fired a shot,” stated Guillermo Rivera, a commander with the Metropolitan Police Division.
The person was taken into custody and is going through a gun possession cost, Rivera stated.
Metropolis officers stated no pictures had been fired Saturday night.
“There’s NO Lively Shooter at Dupont Circle. There are accidents from folks operating from what they thought had been gunshots. However there’s NO ACTIVE SHOOTER at Dupont Circle,” Kevin Donahue, the deputy mayor for public security, stated in a tweet posted shortly after the incident.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted that she had been briefed by police and there have been “no pictures fired.” She stated hearth division personnel had been “on the scene to deal with minor accidents / as a consequence of experiences of a taking pictures.”
Elizabeth Hernandez, 19, was among the many hundreds celebrating LGBTQ delight within the metropolis when she stated she heard “pop, pop” and abruptly barricades had been being tossed over and a crowd of individuals beginning operating frantically from the realm.
“Every little thing fell and everybody stated ‘run!,’” stated Hernandez, of Falls Church, Virginia. She ran down the block and was pushed right into a restaurant, the place she went into a rest room with a gaggle of fellow revelers.
Ashley Smith, the president of Capital Satisfaction Alliance, which places on the occasion, stated he noticed folks operating towards him from Dupont Circle.
“We can’t permit this incident, till we all know all of the details of it, we can’t permit this incident to wreck the delight celebration occurring this weekend,” Smith stated. “We’re very centered on wanting to verify we proceed to have a terrific occasion for the remainder of the weekend.” He stated the group spends intensive time planning safety procedures.
Rivera stated police felt they’d an “satisfactory quantity of assets on the bottom, which is why we had been in a position to reply so rapidly.”