'I Ran And Hid': Gay Pride Parade Terror For Aussie Erin Phillips
Aussie footy and basketball legend Erin Phillips had a huge scare overnight.
The Olympic basketball silver medallist and two-time AFLW best and fairest winner was at the annual gay pride march in Washington D.C., when the crowd panicked after people thought they heard gunshots.
Hundreds of people ran in fear, knocking down metal police barricades. There were several injuries as the crowd fled.
Phillips, who is in the US working at the WNBA's Dallas Wings as an assistant coach, is one of Australia's best known gay athletes. She described the experience as one of "complete fear".
But reports of gunshots turned out to be some other loud popping noise, local authorities confirmed.
"There is NO Active Shooter at Dupont Circle. There are injuries from people running from what they thought were gunshots. But there is NO ACTIVE SHOOTER at Dupont Circle," Kevin Donahue, the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice in the District of Columbia, tweeted after the incident.
One man at the parade was arrested on weapons possession and disorderly conduct for allegedly pulling out a BB gun, however it is not alleged that he fired it, and it is unclear what made the sounds that panicked the crowd.
Nonetheless, for Phillips it was clearly a reminder of the prevalence of guns in America, and a frightening one at that.