Panic over active shooter rumors leads to stampede and injuries at Barclays Center

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Several people were injured after false reports of an active shooter sent crowds scrambling after a boxing match at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn attended by celebrities including Madonna and tennis star Naomi Osaka, it has been reported. authorities.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told the Washington Post that a “heavy disturbance” after the lightweight world championship game caused people to start running just after midnight on Sunday, and that early reports circulating on social media of gunshots were “incorrect”.

Ten people were lightly injured in the crowd and were taken to hospitals for treatment, Detective Adam Navarro said.

Osaka wrote on Twitter early Sunday that she was inside Barclays Center when she “heard screams 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”.

Panic revealed nation on edge after 19 elementary school children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas.and 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket were killed in separate mass shootings just days apart this month, illustrating the sad recurrence of such incidents in the USA.

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Navarro said the NYPD investigated and dismissed reports of an active shooter at the scene. “Once we looked into it, we found it was a whole lot of nothing,” he told the Post.

Some people have taken to social media to call for gun control measures, appearing to link to the shooting at a Texas school last week.

“We’re used to fights at boxing events, but recent headlines and crowd panic have left many of us worried that our worst fears may come true,” Ryan Songalia, boxing reporter for the Ring, Told the New York Post.

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

“I saw a guy get stomped almost cold,” this person tweeted. “I am beyond the end.”

The Twitter user could not immediately be reached for comment.

Photos and videos posted on social media appear to show the game was over and many spectators had already left when people started screaming and running inside the arena early on Sunday. In the aftermath, shoes and trash were seen strewn across the floor. When contacted for comment, the Barclays Center directed the Washington Post to the NYPD.

Madonna was among nearly 19,000 sold-out Barclays Center spectators who watched undefeated lightweight champion Gervonta Davis of Baltimore retain her World Boxing Association title with a Sixth-round technical knockout by Rolando Romero. It was not immediately clear if she was present during the ensuing chaos.

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

Stefan Bondy, sports reporter for the New York Daily News, tweeted that he was inside the Barclays Center. At the end of the fight, “as everyone cleared away, gunfire was reported,” he wrote. “I didn’t hear them, but the security guard said on the radio it happened in the lobby. A mad scramble of people followed. Scary scene.

The NYPD had a different account. “There was kind of a noise disturbance where people got a little scared – some ran towards Barclays Center, some ran away,” Navarro said. “People are bumping into each other, so you had 10 people – no children – with minor injuries going to area hospitals about 1 hour away.”

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

Another shooting was reported Sunday night in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where local media, citing police, said several people were shot and one person detained.

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