Two shot during 4/20 pot rally in Denver
April 21, 2013
Gunshots pierced the fog of marijuana smoke hanging in Denver’s Civic Center on Saturday afternoon, sending attendees at the largest pot smokeout in the country scrambling for their lives.
Denver police said two people who were shot in their legs were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A juvenile grazed by a bullet walked to a nearby hospital.
Officers were on the hunt for two suspects, although Sonny Jackson, a police spokesman, said investigators don’t yet know what led to the shooting.
“It was peaceful; everybody was having fun,” witness Laura Forduno said. “And then you heard the shots. Pow, pow, pow, pow.”
Saturday’s rally – an annual event called 4/20 that celebrates a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts – was the first since Colorado voters legalized use of marijuana for people over 21. Organizers expected record crowds. And the tens of thousands of people who packed into the downtown park did not disappoint.
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