Several people were injured Saturday during the Capital Pride Parade, at about 7:20 p.m., while running from what they thought were gunshots.
“As the officers were going to the scene, there was a crowd of people going away from it and some of the individuals in the crowd said there was a man with a gun and that someone had fired a shot,” said Guillermo Rivera, a commander with the Metropolitan Police Department. Chaos was created after a noise but there was no evidence that shots were fired. Police are reviewing recordings to try to determine what the noises were.
Seven people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. Some other people were treated at the scene, in Washington's Dupont Circle. After the incident the parade was over. Police found a gun inside a backpack and one person was questioned. The man was taken into custody and is facing a gun possession charge. “We cannot allow this incident, until we know all the facts of it, we cannot allow this incident to ruin the pride celebration going on this weekend,” Ashley Smith, the president of Capital Pride Alliance, which puts on the event, said.