False gun shots send Pride celebrators into panic

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Police keep watch at Dupont Circle at the conclusion of the Capitol Pride Parade in Washington, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Officials in Washington say several people were injured after a panic at the LGBTQ pride parade sent people running through the streets of the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

– Officials in Washington, D.C., say several people were injured after a panic at the LGBTQ pride parade sent people running through the streets of the nation’s capital.
    
It happened Saturday near Dupont Circle, where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate.
    
Kevin Donahue, the deputy mayor for public safety, tweeted: “There are injuries from people running from what they thought were gunshots. But there is NO ACTIVE SHOOTER at Dupont Circle.”
    
Dustin Sternbeck, a police spokesman, says a gun was recovered by police in a backpack. But he says no gunshots were fired and no one was shot.
    
A fire department spokesman says emergency medical personnel tended to people who were injured as people ran away from the scene. He could not immediately provide any additional information about the number of victims or the extent of their injuries.

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