Shots fired at Colo. pot holiday gathering

Members of a crowd numbering tens of thousands smoke marijuana simultaneously at 4:20 PM, at the Denver 420 pro-marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Even before the passage in November 2012 of Colorado Amendment 64 promised the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, April 20th has for years been a celebration of marijuana counterculture, and the 2013 rally draw larger crowds than previous years. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Members of a crowd numbering tens of thousands smoke marijuana simultaneously at 4:20 PM, at the Denver 420 pro-marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Even before the passage in November 2012 of Colorado Amendment 64 promised the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, April 20th has for years been a celebration of marijuana counterculture, and the 2013 rally draw larger crowds than previous years. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DENVER (AP) — Police say gunfire erupted at a Denver park today, wounding two people and sending tens of thousands gathered for an annual pot celebration fleeing the area.

A crowd of marijuana smokers expected to swell to 80,000 had gathered at the park to mark the counterculture holiday known as 4/20 on the first celebration since Colorado and Washington made pot legal for recreational use. The shooting happened at about 5 p.m. and shortly after pot smokers shared hugs and joints in a mass 4:20 p.m. smoke-out.

A police spokesman says both of the shooting victims were taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threating.

Witnesses say they heard three or more shots which quickly dispelled the festive atmosphere, with police swarming the scene.

Aerial footage shows the massive crowd frantically running from the park.

A sizable police force on motorcycles and horses had been watching the celebration. But officers didn’t arrest people for smoking in public, which is still illegal.

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