False Report of Active Shooter Causes Stampede, Injuries at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

A false report of an active shooter caused a stampede at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and injured several people just after midnight on May 29.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) told The Washington Post that a “loud disturbance” after a boxing match sent people scrambling for safety in fear of a shooter.

The stampede injured about 10 people, who were taken to hospitals for minor injuries, NYPD said.

The NYPD said that early reports circulating on social media of shots fired were “incorrect.”

“Once we looked into it, we found it was a bunch of nothing,” NYPD Detective Adam Navarro said.

It remains unclear what the loud noise was that caused people to panic.

About 19,000 people, including Tennis star Naomi Osaka and Madonna, were in attendance to watch the world lightweight championship match.

“I was just in the Barclays center and suddenly I heard shouting and saw people running, then we were being yelled at that there was an active shooter and we had to huddle in a room and close the doors,” Osaka said on Twitter, adding that she was “petrified.”

“I really hope everyone made it out safely, since I’m tweeting this, we made it out ok,” Osaka further said.

The incident comes just days after a gunman killed 21 people in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas and weeks after a shooter killed 10 Black people in a racist attack in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.


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