This past weekend, Washington, D.C. held its annual DC Caribbean Festival, which bills itself as “one city, one parade, one love.”
Except the 2011 variety was anything but.
Two separate incidents marred the weekend festival. One man was shot and three others were injured after gunfire broke out between rival gangs near the festival’s parade route. Then, in an unconnected event, a brawl broke out at Howard University during the parade.
Police insist that the shooting was a neighborhood matter and that unfortunately, three bystanders got caught in between. “We believe three of the four are innocent bystanders,” Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes said, reports Fox News. Two males and one female were amongst the injured. One of them is believed to be in critical condition.
Incredibly, police are also saying there was an unrelated stabbing incident that occurred just a few blocks away. An arrest has been made in the stabbing.
Further, at Howard University there aren’t too many details on the brawl that broke out, except there is excellent video footage, courtesy of World Star Hip Hop.
You’ll definitely want to stick this video out, which does get boring in some places, but right around the 3:25 mark turns into a full scale WWE-style wrestling bout, complete with steel chairs getting lowered onto people’s heads.