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Shootings, rubber bullets and water cannons mar gay pride parades

NewsBy Karl Doyle
Gay pride parades in San Francisco and Istanbul were marred by violence
Gay pride parades in San Francisco and Istanbul were marred by violence

A bystander has been shot at a gay pride event in San Francisco when an argument between several young men turned violent, police said.

And in a separate development, police in Turkey used a water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd gathering at a gay pride parade in Istanbul.

In the San Francisco incident, officer Carlos Manfredi says several people were detained for questioning after the shooting.

There were chaotic scenes after the shooting as dozens of people ran screaming while police officers carrying handguns rushed to the scene.

Mr Manfredi said a 64-year-old man who was caught in the crossfire got shot in the arm. He is in hospital in a stable condition.

Four shots were heard in a witness video posted online.

Police said the argument had nothing to do with the gay pride event.

A concert that was part of the weekend-long gay pride celebration across the city was ending around the time of the shooting.

In Istanbul the police used the heavy-handed tactics when a crowd gathered near Taksim Square, which is a traditional meeting ground for demonstrators.

It is not clear at this stage if there were any injuries as a result of the rubber bullets.