When gay Pride becomes dangerous

Posted on 29 Jun 2010 at 2:28pm

 

The scene Saturday night in the Castro.

Dallas Pride may be nowhere near as crazy as San Francisco’s, but that’s not always a bad thing.

We’re sure you’ve already heard about the shooting that left a 19-year-old dead and two others injured at SF’s Pink Saturday Pride event last weekend. Now, The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that there’s been another shooting — this time at a vigil for the deceased victim on Monday night.

The shooting was reported at about 8 p.m. near the intersection of Third Street and Quesada Avenue during a neighborhood vigil being held for 19-year-old Stephen Powell, who was shot and killed Saturday during Gay Pride in the city’s Castro District, Officer Samson Chan said.

One victim, a 21-year-old man, was shot through the cheek, Chan said, and the other victim, a 20-year-old man, was shot in the leg. Both victims were taken to the hospital. Their injuries were not expected to be life threatening.

Police don’t believe the initial shooting was a hate crime. Instead, they say it stemmed from of a personal dispute, and a suspect is now in custody.

National Pride month ends tomorrow. In San Francisco, maybe that’s a good thing.

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