June 9, 2019 / 2:00 AM / 4 months ago

Several injured in DC pride parade from false gunfire scare -officials

June 8 (Reuters) - Several people were injured at a gay pride parade in Washington on Saturday when some in the crowd ran to escape what they mistakenly thought was the sound of gunshots, officials said.

Seven people were taken to hospitals from injuries they sustained in the panic, a reporter for NBC 4 in Washington said on Twitter, citing details from police.

The extent of their injuries was not immediately clear.

Washington Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue had earlier said on Twitter that people in the city’s Dupont Circle were injured “running from what they thought were gunshots” but that there was no active shooter.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser added on Twitter, “There were no shots fired, and there is no active threat.”

A representative for Washington police did not immediately return emails seeking comment.

Gay pride is celebrated around the world in June, with some parades set on or around June 28 to mark the anniversary of a 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York, where patrons fought back and inspired the modern LGBT rights movement. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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