Panic at DC pride parade sends people running

Officials in Washington say several people were injured after a panic at the LGBTQ pride parade sent people running through the streets

"There is NO Active Shooter at Dupont Circle", tweeted Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor for public safety.

Dustin Sternbeck, a police spokesman, said a gun was recovered by police in a backpack, but added no gunshots were fired and no-one was shot.

As he was led away in handcuffs, Singh vowed to come back and shoot the person whom he had threatened, police said.

The man was taken into custody and is facing a gun possession charge, he said.

Hundreds of people ran for cover after mistakenly believing gunshots were fired, 7 were taken to hospitals after being injured in the chaos. Police said several people were injured as the result of the panic reaction by them.

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

Aftabjit Singh pulled out the gun after another person allegedly threatened his "significant other" in the Dupont Circle neighbourhood of Washington, DC, police said. USA Today quoted her saying that the fire department personnel were on the scene to treat minor injuries due to the reports of a shooting.

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"As people were coming down, I did hear a few loud bangs, which were obviously the cause of additional panic, but they were probably just the sound of the temporary barriers getting knocked down as people were trying to leave the scene".

People watch the conclusion of the Capitol Pride Parade at Dupont Circle in Washington, Saturday, June 8, 2019.

"Everything fell and everyone said: 'Run!,'" said Hernandez of Falls Church, Virginia.

Organizers chose to shut down the parade for the night after the incident but said they would not allow the scare to ruin the weekend pride celebrations.

"We're very thinking about desirous to be definite we proceed to have a colossal tournament for the comfort of the weekend". The group that organizes the event said it spends extensive time planning security procedures.

Rivera said police felt they had an "adequate amount of resources on the ground, which is why we were able to respond so quickly".

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