Sunday, 21 April 2013

Shots at pot gathering: Denver 4/20 brings celebration of marijuana, two shot

Shots at pot gathering: Denver 4/20 brings celebration of marijuana, two shot, Denver celebrated national 4/20 day in style with a huge haze over the city as many got together to give thanks for marijuana. With that many people though and a lot of weed, problems are bound to happen. The Associated Press reported on Saturday, April 20, 2013, that shots rang out at a pot gathering in Denver leaving two people injured after being shot.

Thousands of people gathered at a downtown park for Denver 4/20, and it was the first big celebration of the date since the state legalized marijuana. Unfortunately, the day ended when a man and woman were shot, but luckily they are expected to survive.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson says that one or two suspects are currently being sought out.

The scene was said to be one of fun and happiness and a good time, but it turned to sheer fear and panic before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. A lot of people thought that someone at the Denver 4/20 celebration was popping firecrackers, but that was when a man was seen bleeding and his dog had been hurt as well as shots were fired at the pot gathering.

“I saw him fall, grabbing his leg,” said Travis Craig, 28, who was at the celebration, saw the shooting and said he used a belt to apply a tourniquet to the man’s leg.

“He was just screaming that he was in pain, and wanted to know where his girlfriend was. She was OK. And then the cops showed up real quick, like, less than a minute. They put him on ambulance and left.”

Police were out in force on horses and motorcycles and on foot as it was expected that as many as 80,000 could show up for Denver 4/20. Both Washington state and Colorado have made marijuana legal for recreational use.

Mind you, smoking weed in public is still illegal, but police looked the other way for this day.

Rapper Lil' Flip was performing when the shots were fired at the pot gathering. Stephanie Riedel of Pittsburgh was dancing and hula hooping when she heard loud pops. People started running and she heard four or five shots.

“I couldn’t make sense of what it was at first,” she said. “We were all having a good time and I was in the mindframe of, we’re here at a peace gathering. I thought it some guys playing.”

With all that happened in Boston this past week, police were well aware of what dangers could come.

“We’re aware of the events in Boston,” said Denver police spokesman Aaron Kafer, who declined to give specifics about security measures being taken. “Our message to the public is that, if you see something, say something.”

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