'Near-stampede' caused by active shooter scare interrupts March for Our Lives rally
- Demonstrators at the March for Our Lives
rallyin Washington, DC, were sent running by a shooting scare.
- A man in the crowd was heard by witnesses yelling that he had a gun, The Daily Beast reported.
Demonstrators at the
The crowd surged into what one witness described as a "near-stampede" after a man was heard yelling by several witnesses that he had a gun, the Daily Beast reported.
"We heard a commotion and screaming and then all of a sudden, somebody yelled, 'Everybody get down,' and I'm unsure whether that came from security or another person in the crowd," Brandon Farbstein, an activist who was present at the rally, told Insider. "But everybody, quite literally, in an instant dropped like flies. We were so utterly petrified of what was going on, while not having any indication of what was happening."
US Park Police detained one person in connection with the incident and released a statement that said "no weapons were involved and there is no risk to the public."
"A participant in the rally near the stage disrupted the moment of silence. There was no threat to the audience at any time," a spokesperson for the March of Our Lives told Insider. "The individual was immediately removed, the organizers acknowledged the issue with the crowd, and the program continues as planned. "
The scare came as demonstrators were participating in the second
The first March for Our Lives rally was held after a
"Not sure what morally depraved human decided the moment of silence for school shooting victims was a suitable time to start a counter
Farbstein told Insider the rally got back on track after the interruption, but there was a palpable sense of fear from participants after the crowd surge.
"It definitely brought a different level of energy throughout the entire crowd, especially backstage. There were a ton of the participants, whether it was families or students themselves who, just as you can imagine, were absolutely traumatized — not only from what they have experienced in their past, but to go through something like this at an event where they're trying to literally prevent these types of situations from ever happening again," Farbstein said.
"It's pretty mind-boggling, and it's just a really unfortunate example of why we need to continue doing this work."
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