Two shot during 4/20 pot rally in Denver |

Two shot during 4/20 pot rally in Denver

John Ingold, Sadie Gurman and John Wenzel
The Denver Post
DENVER, CO. - APRIL 20: April 20: The crowd hides and runs away from the gun shots at Civic Center Park in Denver Colorado, Saturday April 20th, 2013 after the 4/20 pot rally. Two people were shot during Saturday's annual 4/20 marijuana rally, held on a day cannabis enthusiasts regard as a holiday called 4/20 that drew tens of thousands to Denver's Civic Center park. This is the first 4/20 marijuana rally since Colorado voters legalized marijuana use for people 21 and older in November. April 20, 2013 Denver, Colorado. (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

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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