Police arrest man after false report of shooting causes panic at Capital Pride parade

More than half a dozen people have been transported to local area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries and a man is in custody after a false report of a shooting at the Capital Pride parade created confusion among participants and spectators near Dupont Circle, D.C. police said.

At around 7:20 p.m. Saturday, police officers responded to a report of a man with a gun in the park. Officers stopped the individual and recovered a gun close by, police Cmdr. Guillermo Rivera said.

“There was no evidence at all that any shots were fired,” he said. “At this point, one male suspect has been arrested for possession of what appears to be a handgun.”

According to police, seven people were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. DC Fire and EMS also treated several other individuals for minor injures at the scene, Rivera said.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted at 8:24 p.m. on Saturday that reports of shots fired at the event were wrong and that was not active threat.

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

Kevin Donahue, D.C.’s deputy major for public safety and justice, said in a separate 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 crowd 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

D.C. police is asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

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