Gay Man Shot At St. Petersburg Pride, No Major Injuries Reported

pridescene3_11044486_8colA St. Petersburg, Florida man is spending the week behind bars after committing what police say is the first violent incident at the city’s Gay Pride parade in over 11 years.

According to reports, 20-year-old Cornelius Davis was attending the city’s Pride festival in order to let the LGBT community know exactly what he thought of them. At around 9:25am, he was seen taunting a group of parade-goers with anti-gay slurs, yelling for them to “put some clothes on,” and that “this is a disgrace, there are kids around here.”

Then, Davis shot at them with a compressed-gas-powered BB gun.

Police were quick to arrest the man, who only inflicted minor injuries on a male victim whose name has not been released. According to Eric Skains, executive director of St. Pete Pride, the man was not taken to the hospital and continued enjoying the Pride festival.

“No one even really noticed,” Skains said, assuring the Tampa Bay Times that the incident dampen any spirits. With over 125,000 people in attendance, he didn’t even find out about it until the day’s end.

[Photo: Tampa Bay Times]

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  • phenixrize

    Thank the powers that be that it was only a BB gun.

  • Jackhoffsky

    it’s Florida. Sometimes they shoot bb’s sometimes they shoot pit bulls, you just never know.

    I am SO glad people were not seriously injured and I wish a safe and speedy recovery to the male victim physically harmed and everyone nearby who are probably shaken up a bit. sending a lot of love in that direction.

  • balehead

    Watch them use this as an excuse to cancel it next year….

  • Kangol

    What a creep! He went looking to harm someone. He needs help, in a padded room, with a well-trained psychologist!

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