Gunfire Mars End of Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Las Vegas

No injuries were reported after gunshots into the air marred the end of a 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Las Vegas, police said.

No arrests were made, although police detained and questioned five people after at least five shots were fired skyward from a crowd at Fremont and 4th streets about 2 p.m., Las Vegas police Officer Martin Wright said.

Investigators found five bullet casings from a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, and a bullet hole was found in a canopy near a pharmacy, Wright said. No weapon was found, and no shooter was identified.

The gunfire tarnished an otherwise successful event, Wright said.

The parade drew thousands of spectators and dozens of dance troupes, marching bands, emergency vehicles and floats to mark the
federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was slain in April 1968.

The theme this year was "Living the Dream, Setting New Heights in Our Community."

Parade organizers put the number of people taking part in the tens of thousands.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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