Just a couple of days after the US Supreme Court in a remarkable decision allowed same-sex marriages across all US states, things went wrong at a gay pride event in San Francisco on Sunday with an argument culminating into someone getting shot at.
According to a news agency, shooting occurred at the event in San Francisco’s Civic Center after many young men were embroiled in a heated argument that turned violent.
According to Officer Carlos Manfredi, the shooting had nothing to do with the gay pride event.
According to police, one of the bystanders, a 64-year-old man who was caught in the crossfire got shot in the arm. He’s hospitalized in stable condition.
Several people were detained for questioning after the shooting occurred around 6 pm Saturday, Manfredi said.
Four shots were heard in a witness video posted online. The shooting triggered a chaotic scene as dozens of people ran screaming as officers carrying handguns rushed to the scene.
A concert that was part of the weekend-long gay pride celebration across the city was ending around the time of the shooting.
Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide on Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.
The Obama administration backed the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Justice Department’s decision to stop defending the federal anti-marriage law in 2011 was an important moment for gay rights, and Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage in 2012.