False report of shooting at Capital Pride parade causes confusion

People are being treated for minor injuries after a false report of a shooting at the Capital Pride parade created confusion among participants and spectators near Dupont Circle, D.C. officials said.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted at 8:24 p.m. on Saturday that DC Fire and EMS is on the scene to treat minor injuries.

I have been briefed by @DCPoliceDept Chief Newsham about the incident at #CapitalPride. @dcfireems is on the scene to treat minor injuries / due to reports of a shooting. There were no shots fired, and there is no active [email protected] will provide further updates. https://t.co/ngLLbHVzKV

— Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) June 9, 2019

She added that earlier reports of shots fired during the event were wrong and there is not active threat.

Kevin Donahue, D.C.’s deputy major for public safety and justice, said earlier in a tweet that people were injured while running from what they thought were gunshots.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine described people jumping off floats and running in all directions after the crowed started yelling “active shooter.”

Pride parade terminated early. DC Police report NO GUNSHOTS. Another smaller burst of commotion in Dupont Circle after a tray dropped but tension has generally been easing. @WTOP pic.twitter.com/xHAXzampz4

— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) June 9, 2019

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