SF Pride festivities end after unconfirmed report of shooting


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Marchers carry an oversized Pride flag during the 52nd Annual San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration on June 26, 2022 in San Francisco. The event was cut short after a reported shooting that could not be confirmed, police said. 

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UPDATE, 8 p.m.: The official San Francisco Pride Twitter account posted a statement saying the unconfirmed shooting report originated from a person spraying mace into the crowd: 

“There was an incident near the Kaiser Permanente main stage where there was reason for concern,” the tweet said. “It’s important we let people know that as announced from the stage at the time, it was a person spraying mace into the crowd. Although no one was harmed, we know it was not a pleasant experience. We decided to cut the performance short in the interest of safety.”

7:03 p.m.: San Francisco Pride’s first in-person event since 2019 was cut short early Sunday evening after an unconfirmed shooting was reported near the intersection of 7th and Market streets at around 5:25 p.m., police said.

“Officers responded to the area and were unable to [locate] any victims or witnesses,” read a statement shared with SFGATE via email.”[At] this time it does not appear that there was any merit to a shooting in the area, and officers remain on scene to ensure safety and security of Pride events. “

When asked for more information, spokesperson Kathryn Winters said that police did not know where the reports came from or what prompted them. 

A video shared on Twitter showed people running from the event from the window of Shovels Bar and Grill as another person asked, “What’s happening?”

At 6:05 p.m., the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management asked the public to avoid Hayes and Polk streets because of police activity and emergency crews in the area. A subsequent post from the department on Twitter said that the Pride celebration “had concluded” and instructed people to “safely make [their] way out of the Civic Center area.”  

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.