Police detail man's threat behind panic at DC LGBTQ parade

Officials in Washington say several people were injured after a panic at the LGBTQ pride parade sent people running through the streets

- A man drawing a BB gun on another person sparked panic at Dupont Circle in the midst of the celebration following Saturday's Pride Parade, according to a D.C. police report that was released on Sunday.

Kevin Donahue, the deputy mayor for public safety, tweeted: "There are injuries from people running from what they thought were gunshots".

The incident occurred near Dupont Circle, where hundreds were gathered for the Capital Pride Parade.

Seven people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, the commander said.

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.

Officers arrested a second person - Melissa Duffy, 43, - who identified herself as Singh's "significant other" on a single charge of "Assault on A Police Officer-Simple Assault", Washington Blade news reported.

The weapon turned out to be a BB gun, police said. A man pulled out a B.B. gun on someone else, cops said in a WTOP report.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed that no shots had been fired.

"You just heard people scream and they just started booking it", Tom Roussey said.

"Everything fell and everyone said: 'Run!,'" said Hernandez of Falls Church, Virginia. She said she ran, was pushed into a restaurant and hid in the bathroom.

The president, Ashley Smith of Capital Pride Alliance, said he saw people running toward him from Dunpont Circle. USA Today quoted her saying that the fire department personnel were on the scene to treat minor injuries due to the reports of a shooting.

Organizers made a decision to shut down the parade for the night after the incident but said they would not allow the scare to ruin the weekend pride celebrations.

The group that organises the event said it had spent extensive time planning security procedures.

Rivera said police felt they had an "adequate amount of resources on the ground, which is why we were able to respond so quickly".

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