Police: Shots fired at Colorado pot holiday gathering

Police: Shots fired at Colorado pot holiday gathering

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FILE -- Protesters smoke marijuana as they take part in a demonstration against new government legislation calling for the creation of a "weed pass" and the stopping of the substance's sale to foreigners, in Amsterdam, on April 20, 2012. Several hundred pro-cannabis demonstrators lit up joints in central Amsterdam today in the most public display yet against the Dutch government's plan to stop the drug's sale to tourists. Pot-friendly protesters "flash-mobbed" in front of the capital's Muziektheater -- a venue announced only an hour before on social media sites -- where they played loud reggae music and unfolded banners before lighting up. AFP PHOTO / ANP / EVERT ELZINGA ***Netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read EVERT ELZINGA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 7:25 PM

DENVER (AP) -- Denver police say one person has been shot in the leg and another is down with unknown injuries after shots were fired at a marijuana celebration held to mark the counterculture holiday 4/20.

Witnesses say they heard three or more shots about 20 minutes after 4:20 p.m. Police swarmed the scene, and crime tape was around the pavilion where the celebration was being held.

Aerial footage showed the massive crowd frantically running from the park.

The pot celebration Saturday was the first since Colorado and Washington made marijuana legal for recreational use.

A sizable police force on motorcycles and horses watched the celebration. But officers didn't arrest people for smoking in public, which is still illegal.

A crowd estimate wasn't immediately available, but organizers predicted some 80,000 at the nation's largest 4/20 observation.

 

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