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Police detail man's threat behind panic at D.C. pride parade

12 June 2019

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

An Indian-American was arrested in the United States for threatening a person with a BB gun and causing a stampede during an LGBTQ pride parade here, leaving several people injured as hundreds of participants fled in panic fearing a mass shooter.

Part of Dupont Circle was apparently taped off, with miscellaneous items scattered around the area-items that people perhaps dropped in the rush to evacuate the area. There are injuries from people running from what they thought were gunshots.

People were injured Saturday during the Capital Pride Parade while running from what they thought were gunshots, according to District of Columbia Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue.

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Although no shooting occurred, a man was arrested and is facing a gun possession charge, Rivera said. Police said several people were injured as the result of the panic reaction by them.

Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed that no shots had been fired.

The police report says officers made contact with Duffy, whom the report lists as Suspect 1, due to her significant other being arrested.

Elizabeth Hernandez, 19, moreover heard "pop, pop" as barricades have been tossed over.

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The incident happened near Dupont Circle. "Everything fell and everyone said 'run!'" she said. She ran down the block and was pushed into a restaurant, where she went into a bathroom with a group of fellow revelers.

Organisers chose to shut down the parade for the night but said they would not allow the scare to ruin the pride celebrations.

"We're very thinking about desirous to be definite we proceed to have a colossal tournament for the comfort of the weekend".

In a statement on Twitter, parade organisers Capital Pride said all of their events would continue "with safety precautions in place".

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Guillermo Rivera, a commander with the Metropolitan Police Department, said the department had an "adequate amount of resources on the ground, which is why we were able to respond so quickly".

Police detail man's threat behind panic at D.C. pride parade