Nov 26 (News) — The annual children’s parade in Dayton, Ohio, was canceled this weekend after a shot was fired into the crowd, officials said.
Dayton police officers told reporters that a shot was fired around 8:10 p.m. Friday.
No injuries were reported and authorities said they believe a male youth may have drawn a firearm and fired it in the air.
“We are disappointed,” said Jeffrey Mims Jr., Mayor of Dayton. “This was the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the lighting of the lights and celebration for the holiday season – the grand kick-off, if you will.”
The annual parade had just begun when people in the Courthouse Square area heard gunshots and began running down Main Street towards Fourth Street, the Dayton Daily News reported.
The majority of the visitors were children. Chairs and strollers were abandoned in Courthouse Square as people ran down the street, witnesses said.
A bullet casing was found at the scene and is being processed by the police. Officers said the gun was a handgun but would not specify the type.