Rumors of active shooters at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center cause stampedes and injuries


Rumors of active shooters at Brooklyn's Barclays Center cause stampedes and injuries

Placeholder when loading item promotions

Several people were injured after false reports of an active shooter following a boxing match at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which was attended by celebrities including Madonna and tennis star Naomi Osaka, caused crowds to flee, authorities said.

A spokesman for the New York City Police Department told the Washington Post that a “loud disturbance” after the lightweight world championship game caused people to start running just after midnight and so early on Sunday Reports of shots fired on social media were “false”.

Ten people suffered minor injuries in the crowd and were taken to hospitals for treatment, Detective Adam Navarro said.

Osaka wrote on Twitter early Sunday that she was at the Barclays Center when she “heard screaming and saw people running” before being told “there was an active shooter and we had to huddle in a room and close the doors.” “. Osaka said she was “petrified.”

The panic revealed a nervous nation after 19 elementary school children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, and 10 people at a Buffalo grocery store were killed in separate mass shootings just days apart this month, marking the grim repetition of such incidents in the United States States illustrates states.

America’s Weapons Exceptionalism in Numbers

Navarro said the NYPD investigated and denied reports of an active gunman at the scene. “Once we looked at it, we realized it was a bunch of nothing,” he told the Post.

Some people took to social media to call for gun control action and appeared to make a connection to the Texas school shooting last week.

“We’re used to brawls at boxing events, but recent headlines and crowd panic had many of us worried that our worst fears were about to come true,” Ryan Songalia, a boxing reporter for the ring, told the New York Post.

A social media user who previously posted a video of the game from the Barclays Center, wrote that he and his fatherr “had to run and hide against the walls” as a stampede developed.

“I saw a guy almost get knocked out,” this person tweeted. “I’m more than done.”

The Twitter user was not immediately available for comment.

Photos and videos posted to social media appear to show the game was over and that many spectators had already left when people started screaming and running back into the arena early Sunday. As a result, shoes and rubbish were seen strewn on the floor. When asked for comment, the Barclays Center forwarded the Washington Post to the NYPD.

Madonna was among the nearly 19,000 spectators at the sold-out Barclays Center to see undefeated Baltimore Lightweight Champion Gervonta Davis defend her World Boxing Association title with a sixth-round technical knockout against Rolando Romero. It wasn’t immediately clear if she was present during the ensuing chaos.

Mike Coppinger, a reporter for ESPN, tweeted Earlier in the night, a Barclays Center security officer told the outlet there was “a person with a gun” outside the arena.

Stefan Bondy, sports reporter for the New York Daily News, tweeted that he was at the Barclays Center. At the end of the fight, “as everyone was cleaning up, there were reports of gunfire,” he wrote. “I didn’t hear them, but the security guard said to report over the radio that it happened in the hall. A mad rush of people followed. Scary scene.”

The NYPD had a different account. “There was some kind of noise pollution that people got a little scared of — some running towards the Barclays Center, some running away from it,” Navarro said. “People are bumping into each other so you had 10 people – no children – who had minor injuries who went out of town to area hospitals around 1pm.”

Osaka said shortly after, “I really hope everyone got out safely, since I’m tweeting this, we got through it okay.”

Another shooting was reported overnight in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Sunday, where local news outlets, citing police, said several people were shot dead and one person arrested.

From Sandy Hook to Buffalo and Uvalde: Ten Years of Gun Control Failure

You May Also Like