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World'Fake gun' caused mass panic at gay pride parade

03:51  11 june  2019
03:51  11 june  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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A man is due to appear in court after allegedly causing a stampede at a gay pride parade in the US which left seven people needing hospital treatment. The man, named in US media as 38-year-old Aftabjit Singh, allegedly waved a BB gun , which fires small metal ball projectiles, in the capital

Media captionPeople flee after 'gunshots' cause mass panic . A man is due to appear in court after allegedly causing a stampede at a gay pride parade in the US which left The 38-year-old has been charged with illegal possession of a BB gun , carrying a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct.

A man is due to appear in court after allegedly causing a stampede at a gay pride parade in the US which left seven people needing hospital treatment.

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The man, named in US media as Aftabjit Singh, allegedly sent the crowd running through the streets of Washington, DC, on Saturday after wielding what appeared to be a gun.

A number of people reported hearing gunshots before the crowd fled.

However, officials maintain there is no evidence that shots were fired.

A police report - cited by the Associated Press news agency - said he took the weapon out after noticing someone "hitting his significant other".

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A man pulled out a BB gun during an altercation during Saturday's Capital Pride Parade , causing widespread panic and mistaken reports of an active A man was arrested Saturday for possessing a BB gun , resulting in a major disruption at D.C.'s Capital Pride Parade . But as News4's Darcy Spencer

Gay pride is celebrated around the world in June, with some parades organised on or around 28 June, the anniversary of a police raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York City. During the raid, in 1969, the bar's patrons fought back and inspired the modern LGBT rights movement.

The 38-year-old has been charged with illegal possession of a BB gun, carrying a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct. He is due in court on Monday.

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Elizabeth Hernandez, 19, told AP that she heard a "pop, pop" during the parade. She said she ran, was pushed into a restaurant and hid in the bathroom.

Images have circulated on social media, showing crowds running around the city's Dupont Circle neighbourhood.

A loud noise was heard in the area at the time, police confirmed, but the source of the noise has not yet been identified.

The seven people taken to hospital had non-life-threatening injuries which were received during the panic, police said.

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Thousands of people fled in panic after at a gay pride parade in Washington, DC, after a man was allegedly seen with a BB gun . Police say a weapon was recovered during the incident and a man has been arrested and charged.

Gay Pride participants are swarming the #CosmosClub in DC as rumors of shooting spread in the crowd. There were reports of a possible shooting at or near the Gay Pride parade in Washington D.C., and they caused a panic , but police have told local reporters that there was not actually a

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

Gay pride is celebrated around the world in June, with some parades organise on or around 28 June, the anniversary of a police raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York City.

During the raid, in 1969, the bar's patrons fought back and inspired the modern LGBT rights movement.

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