Lawsuit filed against SF Pride in last year's shooting

Godofredo Vasquez/Special to the S.F. ExaminerHundreds rolled down Market Street for the 2012 Pride parade.

Godofredo Vasquez/Special to the S.F. ExaminerHundreds rolled down Market Street for the 2012 Pride parade.

A man who was wounded in a shooting at the 2013 San Francisco Pride celebration has filed a lawsuit against event organizers, claiming inadequate security at the event led to his injury.

Trevor Gardner, a Los Angeles resident, was working as a vendor at the annual LGBT event when he was shot in the leg about 6:30 p.m. on June 30 near the intersection of Larkin and Grove streets. A second man, also an event vendor, was shot and wounded in the leg as well. Police at the time said it did not appear either of the victims were the intended targets of the shooting.

The lawsuit states the bullet shattered Gardner's femur and that he was left bleeding on the ground as the shooter escaped the scene.

Gardner alleges that an overall lack of security at Pride events allowed his attacker to enter the festival area with a gun and escape after firing it into the crowd. The lawsuit also highlights a pattern of violent incidents at past Pride celebrations, including shootings at the 2010 and 2011 festivities.

The lawsuit seeks damages for Gardner's medical costs and trauma from the experience.

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