Rumors of active gunmen at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center cause stampede and injuries

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Several people were injured after false reports of an active gunman scrambling crowds after a boxing match at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which was attended by celebrities such as Madonna and tennis star Naomi Osaka, authorities said.

A New York Police Department spokesman told The Washington Post that a “loud commotion” after the World Lightweight Championships game caused people to start running just after midnight on Sunday, prompting an early start. posts circulating on social media of shots fired were “inaccurate”.

Ten people were slightly injured 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 screams and saw people running,” before being told “there was an active gunman and we had to crawl into a room and shut the doors. ” Osaka said she was “petrified.”

The panic left a nation on edge after 19 elementary school children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, and 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket were killed in separate mass shootings this month just days apart, adding to the dismal recurrence of such incidents in the United States. United States illustrates. States.

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

Some people took to social media to call for gun control measures and appeared to link it to the Texas school shooting last week.

“We are used to fights at boxing events, but the recent headlines and the panic from the crowd scared many of us that our worst fears would come true,” Ryan Songalia, a boxing reporter for the Ring, told the New York Post.

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

“I saw a man almost get trampled,” that person tweeted. “I’m more than ready.”

The Twitter user was not immediately available for comment.

Photos and videos posted on social media appear to show that the match was over and many spectators had already left when people started screaming and running into the arena early on Sunday. In the aftermath, shoes and rubbish were scattered on the floor. When contacted for comment, the Barclays Center forwarded The Washington Post to the NYPD.

Madonna was one of nearly 19,000 spectators at the sold-out Barclays Center to watch undefeated Baltimore lightweight champion Gervonta Davis retain his World Boxing Association title with a sixth-round technical knockout of Rolando Romero. It was not immediately clear if she was present during the ensuing chaos.

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

Stefan Bondy, a sports reporter for the New York Daily News, tweeted that he was at Barclays Center. At the end of the fight, “when everyone was clearing up, there were reports of gunfire,” he wrote. “I didn’t hear them, but the guard said on the radio that it happened in the hall. Crazy rush of people ensued. Scary scene.”

The NYPD had a different account. “There was a kind of noise pollution where people got a little scared — some ran to the Barclays Center, some ran away from it,” Navarro said. “People bump into each other, so you had 10 people — no children — who had minor injuries and went off site to area hospitals at about 1am.”

Shortly after, Osaka said, “I really hope everyone got out safe, as I’m tweeting this, we got through it.”

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

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