Photos: 4/20 shooting at Civic Center Park -- and an activist's take

Categories: Marijuana

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Photos, videos below.
Update below: For months, anticipation has built toward this year's 4/20 Rally at Civic Center Park, touted as a mix of pot, hip hop and serious politics to be witnessed by locals and visitors from all over the country.

Yet the positive nature of the event was countered by a shooting after the clock struck 4:20 in which three people were injured.

Details, photos and a videos from a variety of sources below.

The basics: Just after 5 p.m., shots rang out in the park during a performance by hip-hop act Lil' Flip, causing the enormous crowd, estimated in the tens of thousands, to scatter. In the end, three people were wounded: Two were hit in the leg, while a third person was grazed by a bullet.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Click for the complete "Shots Fired at 4/20 in Civic Center" slide show.
Marijuana activist Timothy Tipton, who was scheduled to deliver the closing speech for day one of the rally at around 5:25 p.m., shared some observations via e-mail. He notes that he was preparing for his remarks when he heard a "rapid-fire burst of about twelve to fourteen shots" from "just over the wall, in front of the library."

The gunfire caused the audience to run forward, knocking over two rows of security fencing as he took refuge behind a speaker column and yelled for calm and respect, h;e continues.

Afterward, he observed the emptied area "strewn with clothes, belongings, shoes, T-shirts and heard reports about gang members flashing signs before the shooting and attendees with post-traumatic stress disorder suffering attacks. The irony struck him hard, since only moments earlier, marijuana attorney Rob Corry had been "singing his praises as evidence of a PEACEFUL EVENT!"

At this writing, no arrests have been made. Here's the description of possible suspects shared on the Denver Police Twitter account:

There's still a full slate of 4/20 events at Civic Center Park, and Tipton offers hope that today "will be a Better Day!," as well as best wishes for the injured parties, all of whom are expected to recover.

Correction: After publishing this post, we learned that organizers of the 4/20 rally have canceled today's slate of events.

Look below to see photos of the shooting aftermath by our Brandon Marshall (click to see the complete "Shots Fired at 4/20 in Civic Center" slide show), as well as a slew of videos:

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Continue for more photos and videos of the 4/20 shooting at Civic Center Park.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Have you seen this Puerile Pot Punk wanted by police in question with the shooting?

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Stuart the dumb hurts so much. Not even close man just want something real done to protect law abiding citizens that actually care about our nation not some stupid "crew."

Forest Lambert
Forest Lambert

I was there, gunshots went off close and we had to move or get trampled, very scary situation indeed. It's sad to see a couple gang banger losers ruin it for the rest of us. Been going to these peaceful rally's for freedom for many, many years. Long before they played nothing but rap music, what happened to music that promotes peace and not violence? I bet our city will hold this against all of us and all the hard work we've put in over the years to get it legalized. Great way to make us all look bad with your gang banging bullshit!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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"Rap music at a pot party is like grenades at a peace rally." -- WayneGage


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Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

Whatever Kelly, nobody was talking to you. The fact is that hip hop is the single most popular type of music in the nation, and it's not appropriate to assume that everyone who goes to a hip hop show is a criminal. Out of nearly 100,000 people, it was 1 or 2 individuals who caused the trouble.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Rap music does this kind of shit to people !

Why isn't 'Snoop Dog' being thoroughly integrated by the F.B.I. ???

Stuart McMillin
Stuart McMillin

This dude matt wants a police state. probably dhs or some bullshit. very weak matt, very weak.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The shooters were 'High' for the 1st time & some jokers told them they were 'realistic like', water guns ....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Leising = NOT a law abiding citizen. 

@Matt Leising = a SELF-confessed criminal drug dealer and money launderer.


ChoosingWisdom
ChoosingWisdom

At least now gang bangers look even more like assholes.  Hopefully this will be a lesson to them that it is not cool to be a gang banger.  Gangs should be shamed by this behavior.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Forest Lambert "Long before they played nothing but rap music, what happened to music that promotes peace and not violence?"

Puerile Pot Punks have hijacked -- and destroyed -- the peaceful marijuana movement.

Much like the Teabaggers hijacked and destroyed the Repuglycan Party ... praise Jah!


stuka1
stuka1

@COjam: The Colorado Jam Band Scene  

It's what happens when you book hip hop trash at a festival instead of musicians.

ChoosingWisdom
ChoosingWisdom

I can't tell from your picture, but I hope that you are black, or part black, to be flinging those words around.  Let's stop the hate and preach peace.  It was a stupid gang moment and we can all learn from this and start promoting more peace.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Samuel Walter ... there were only ~ 15,000 stoners there.


stuka1
stuka1

@Samuel Walter  

"Hip-Hop" is music? Really???

Where is Kelly claiming that Hip-Hop Nit-Wits are automatically criminals?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Stuart McMillin 

Matt Leising = hypocritical drug dealing criminal

stuka1
stuka1

@Juan_Leg  

Actually there was a kid wandering around with a couple of super soakers. He got some funny looks but it was hysterical...

ChoosingWisdom
ChoosingWisdom

The rally always promotes peace.  It is also intended to reach out to the most disenfranchised members of society who have suffered the most at the hands of marijuana prohibition, ethnic minorities, which hip-hop is the music they usaly listen to.  Plus, hip-hop (hello Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre) as well as "raggae-esk" bands such as sublime, have specifically promoted marijuana in their music.  The first band that played was a reggae band that played some jam band music.  Hopefully next year we'll have more jam bands.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== the only REAL Puerile Pot Punk. In truth a whiny prohibitionist SHILL that bleats out of both sides of its maw

ChoosingWisdom
ChoosingWisdom

Hip Hop trash?  Do you mean Black people and Latinos who have been most disenfranchised by marijuana prohibiton and through sheer survival had to sell marijuana in the black market?  It is their culture that has promoted marijuana the most.  I would also like to see some more jam bands, but don't make the violence that happened have something to do with the hip-hop.  Otherwise, we woul dhave seen violence in the past several years that the evetn has been a peaceful one.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... Puerile Pot Punks have NO musical sophistication

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay ...Snoop CHIHUAHUA, talentless babbler of pathetic gangbanger nonsense.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... figures you'd be at that Puerile Pot Punk Parade.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"

Fail.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"

So sad.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = the retard who can't count

sucka1 "More like $600,000 for 100 acres."

sucka1 "a cube has 6 FACES X 4 SIDES = 24 SIDES"


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"

Not!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "a cube has 6 FACES X 4 SIDES = 24 SIDES" 

LOL! LOL! LOL!


stuka1
stuka1

@troof  

If you want to roll over and spread your legs and let him run roughshod over your pathetic ass, be my guest. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "Life's like that." ... when you suffer from OCD.

Q.E.D.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

I have better things to do than kick your ass all over this blog. But I do it anyway.

Life's like that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"

FAIL!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

We have all seen plenty of your pathetic insanity. Too bad you are too fucking stupid to be embarrassed about it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg

Robert is hiding in SHAME from his reprehensible pandering of that festering turd A64.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@troof @Juan_Leg I tried calling Robert the other day . I hope he's okay & all has settled down for him .

I'll NEVER refer to Hotay as a bitch . He only sometimes acts like one when dealing w/ stuka .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@troof

Virtue is persecuted by the wicked more than it is loved by the good.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <=== too insane to see how insane trolling the WW blogs all day every day is.

troof
troof

@stuka1 You aren't much better in this scenario, dude.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@troof

Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.

stuka1
stuka1

@troof 

"Arguing with strangers online is the zenith of Donkey's life."

Indeed.

stuka1
stuka1

@troof 

"... so much so that he keeps running lists of Stuka and Robert Chase quotes on hand. Because that's what sane, balanced people do.

Donkey = bitch boy. He's just clearly still in too much shock over being served to realize it."

QFTMFT.

Pathetic, isn't it?

troof
troof

@Juan_Leg @DonkeyHotay ... so much so that he keeps running lists of Stuka and Robert Chase quotes on hand. Because that's what sane, balanced people do.


Donkey = bitch boy. He's just clearly still in too much shock over being served to realize it.

stuka1
stuka1

@Juan_Leg  <=== says the pathetic DOUCHEBAG who calls Evan Eben a fucking HERO for killing a guy delivering pizzas to feed his kids. Well played, dipshit.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <===== says the pathetic prohibitionist loser who repeats every logical fallacy the ONDCP thugs and the TURDstones utter

troof
troof

@DonkeyHotay

The real question is: Who is forcing you to read and reply to Stuka's posts, and every other post on the Westword blog comment section?

Who is forcing you to be the comment section bitch?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1  

Hotay, I'll be the 1st to admit you know much more on most topics than I, but I SO wish you would take your own advice & IGNORE this stuka fuck, as I DO regularly .

I can't even recommend you to friends anymore because you are CONSTANTLY arguing w/ that f'n douche-bag !!!

When will enough be enough ???

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... so who's forcing you to read my posts?

Be specific.

troof
troof

@DonkeyHotay

That's right, keep following me around and replying to my posts like the bitch boy you really are.

 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

 It's just that your inane babblings (yes, idiot, that is a word) get in the way of anyone attempting to read real conversation. hth you pathetic attention-seeking bitch

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@troof ... you and "logic" have never occupied the same space and time.


troof
troof

@DonkeyHotay 

Kind of like how you read every single post by Michael Roberts and William Breathes?

By your logic, doesn't that make you their bitch? (HipTip: it does)

stuka1
stuka1

@troof 

The Jackass knows, and doesn't care. So be it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ""I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings." = attending Puerile Pot Punk Parades ...

... then rushing home to read and reply to each and every one of my posts.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

Better than you sitting in your mama's basement whining and trolling all day on Westword blogs like the pathetic bitch you are

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