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Shooting at Denver 4/20 pot rally

Posted in assignment work, Denver, news by bermanphotos on April 20, 2013

Gunfire erupted while I was photographing an enormous 4/20 marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver today. Two attendees were shot, and have non life-threatening injuries, and the gun shots sent the packed crowd scattering quickly. There was no question what had happened. According to the image file timestamps, I was in the shooting area 1 minute and 40 seconds before the shots rung out (by that time I was beyond the park, heading to another shoot. I turned around and began photographing the crowd running away towards me. Ambulances, Denver Police offers and SWAT units were immediately on the scene to tend to the victims. What a scary situation that I hope to never be so close to again.

Two were injured in a shooting Saturday April 20 during a marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver. Crowds scattered as five distinct gun shots were heard, and police and SWAT units surrounded the ampitheater area of the park immediately. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of marijuana users to the park for what is billed as one of the largest 4/20 events in the nation.

Two were injured in a shooting Saturday April 20 during a marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver. Crowds scattered as five distinct gun shots were heard, and police and SWAT units surrounded the ampitheater area of the park immediately. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of marijuana users to the park for what is billed as one of the largest 4/20 events in the nation.

A view of the area of a shooting Saturday April 20 at a marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver. Crowds scattered as five distinct gun shots were heard, and police and SWAT units surrounded the ampitheater area of the park immediately. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of marijuana users to the park for what is billed as one of the largest 4/20 events in the nation.

A view of the area of a shooting Saturday April 20 at a marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver. Crowds scattered as five distinct gun shots were heard, and police and SWAT units surrounded the ampitheater area of the park immediately. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of marijuana users to the park for what is billed as one of the largest 4/20 events in the nation.

A woman who said she was shot gets the attention of Denver Police after a shooting Saturday April 20 at a marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver. Crowds scattered as five distinct gun shots were heard, and police and SWAT units surrounded the ampitheater area of the park immediately. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of marijuana users to the park for what is billed as one of the largest 4/20 events in the nation.

A woman who said she was shot gets the attention of Denver Police after a shooting Saturday April 20 at a marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver. Crowds scattered as five distinct gun shots were heard, and police and SWAT units surrounded the ampitheater area of the park immediately. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of marijuana users to the park for what is billed as one of the largest 4/20 events in the nation.

Two were injured in a shooting Saturday April 20 during a marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver. Crowds scattered as five distinct gun shots were heard, and police and SWAT units surrounded the ampitheater area of the park immediately. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of marijuana users to the park for what is billed as one of the largest 4/20 events in the nation.

Two were injured in a shooting Saturday April 20 during a marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver. Crowds scattered as five distinct gun shots were heard, and police and SWAT units surrounded the ampitheater area of the park immediately. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of marijuana users to the park for what is billed as one of the largest 4/20 events in the nation.

Daniel

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Snoop Lion performs in Denver 4/19

I got into Denver at 10:30am Friday after leaving my house at well before 5 a.m. Seattle time to cover 4/20 weekend in the Mile-High City for Northwest Leaf. One crazy event I never thought I would get to shoot would be a smoker’s VIP party featuring none other than Snoop Lion. Making the event even more historic, the fact that Amendment 64 passed in Colorado, legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Washington state and Colorado are the first states to do so.

After a bit of back and forth to get the credentials squared away, I was lead into the beautiful Fillmore Auditorium. Soon, hundreds of medical Cannabis patients and recreational enthusiasts from across the country streamed in, having paid hundreds for access to the concert and film screening. They settled in and took a seat to watch Snoop’s new documentary, Reincarnated. The film explores Jamaica, rasta and Snoop’s work to make an authentic reggae album, and was pretty entertaining, from the glimpses I caught during the evening. Many of the attendees were smoking pot, passing joints and blunts from row to row. Sharing is caring.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Bryan Stoutenberg and Caiti Beckwith of Ann Arbor, MI smoke up before Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Bryan Stoutenberg and Caiti Beckwith of Ann Arbor, MI smoke up before Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening. "Your state legislators deserve a street named after them for legalizing marijuana," Snoop told the crowd.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening. “Your state legislators deserve a street named after them for legalizing marijuana,” Snoop told the crowd.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening. "Your state legislators deserve a street named after them for legalizing marijuana," Snoop told the crowd.

Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening. “Your state legislators deserve a street named after them for legalizing marijuana,” Snoop told the crowd.

High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening, and he wasted little time smoking from his trophy.

High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening, and he wasted little time smoking from his trophy.

With two blunts in-hand, Snoop Lion picks up a Cannabis-infused brownie thrown onto the stage. "How you about to throw something up here with a bite out of it?" he joked.

With two blunts in-hand, Snoop Lion picks up a Cannabis-infused brownie thrown onto the stage. “How you about to throw something up here with a bite out of it?” he joked.

Bags of Cannabis, joints and blunts are seen after being thrown on stage as Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Bags of Cannabis, joints and blunts are seen after being thrown on stage as Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Smoke fills The Fillmore Auditorium as Snoop Lion performs Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Smoke fills The Fillmore Auditorium as Snoop Lion performs Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend celebrations at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. High Times gave Snoop Lion a lifetime achievement award during the raucous, smoke-filled evening.

Balloons are dropped from the ceiling as the clock strikes midnight and 4/20 was officially welcomed.

Balloons are dropped from the ceiling as the clock strikes midnight and 4/20 was officially welcomed.

Balloons are dropped from the ceiling as the clock strikes midnight and 4/20 was officially welcomed.

Balloons are dropped from the ceiling as the clock strikes midnight and 4/20 was officially welcomed.

Snoop Lion threw pre-rolled blunts into the crowd.

Snoop Lion threw pre-rolled blunts into the crowd.

Ricky Powell from Omaha, Neb. watches as Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend. "I feel like I'm a part of history right now," Powell said.

Ricky Powell from Omaha, Neb. watches as Snoop Lion performs at The Fillmore Auditorium Friday April 19 in Denver to kick off 4/20 weekend. “I feel like I’m a part of history right now,” Powell said.

As the clock struck midnight and 4/19 became 4/20 (the much-vaunted marijuana smoker’s holiday), a new year’s eve worthynumber of balloons fell from the ceiling and the party raged on. Today’s 50k+ strong celebrations in the shadow of the Colorado state Capitol should be even more interesting to cover.

Daniel

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