Indian American Man Sets Off Panic at Washington Pride Parade, ArrestedTop Stories

June 11, 2019 05:23
Indian American Man Sets Off Panic at Washington Pride Parade, Arrested

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The LGBTQ pride parade in the downtown Washington, D.C. turned chaotic after an Indian American man threatened a person with a BB gun resulting in stampeded, leaving several people injured.

The 38-year-old Aftabjit Singh pulled out the gun after another person allegedly threatened his "significant other", police said.

The police arrested him and also captured his BB gun, a type of air gun designed to shoot metallic ball projectiles, from his brown bag.

Singh has been charged with for carrying a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a BB gun,and disorderly conduct. He is due in court on Monday.

The word that someone was carrying a gun spread with a great speed causing fear among the scores of participants of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) pride parade.

The city police on Sunday said Singh pulled the BB gun after another person allegedly threatened his significant other. The alert police immediately arrested him and his BB gun was captured from his brown bag.

According to the NBC Washington, many people told News4 that they heard gunshots, but police said there was no evidence of a shooting.

"Police say one concerned citizen flagged down an officer, Blaise Maio, and pointed out Singh and a brown bag under a tree. Maio saw the suspect head towards the bag and stopped him. In the partially open bag, Maio reported he saw what appeared to be a silver handgun," the news report said.

"It was later determined that the gun was not a real handgun, but an imitation pistol that Singh identified as a BB gun," the news report said. According to the police, while in custody, Singh threatened to shoot the person who had threatened his "significant other". "I will be back," he said according to police report.

Police said several people were injured as the result of the panic reaction by them.

By Sowmya Sangam

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