Rumors of gunfire spread panic after a boxing match in New York

Barclays Center Brooklyn

The screen grab from a social media video shows people fleeing the Tribune on May 28, 2022, following a false shooting warning inside the Barclays Center in New York, USA. By Ryan Songalia / Reuters

As the nation reels from two major mass shootings this month, a stampede broke out in New York early Sunday morning as rumors of a gunfight spread shortly after a boxing match ended, injuring about a dozen people, police said.

Boxing fans flocked outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center after Saturday night’s match where Garbonta Davis retained her lightweight title against Rolando Romero, sparking gunfire among the crowd, police said.

Twitter posts and social media videos have seen scores of fans returning to the stadium to pick up covers, with some falling on the seats or others on the floor.

Police told Reuters there was a “noise disturbance” but “no shots” and “no guns”.

A New York City Police spokesman said: “People heard loud noises and thought it was a gunfight.” “It simply came to our notice then. There were 10 minor injuries. “

Although police have not linked gunfire to recent incidents, 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at an elementary school in southwest Texas on Tuesday.

A white gunman killed 10 people, including armed security guards at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, in a racially motivated attack in a black area just 10 days after the killings in Uvalde, Texas.

A representative at the Barclays Center was not immediately available for comment. The official website has just shown a clip of the match, which includes a left-handed knock-out punch from Davis to Romero.

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