2022 – Shooting rumors cause panic after a boxing match in New York

Written by Rich McKay

(Reuters) – As the country was rocked by two mass shootings this month, a stampede erupted in New York early Sunday morning as rumors of a shooting spread soon after a boxing match that left about a dozen people injured, police said.

As boxing fans, they were enough Barclays (LON: Center in Brooklyn After Saturday night’s game in which Gervonta Davis retained his lightweight title against Rolando Romero, news of the shooting spread among the fans, police said.

Twitter (NYSE) posts and videos on social media showed dozens of fans rushing back to the stadium in search of cover, some kicking others out as they climbed onto the benches or their bodies on the ground.

Police told Reuters there was a “sound disturbance” but “no shooting” and “no gun”.

“People heard loud noises and thought it was gunshots,” a New York City police spokesman said. “It wasn’t more than that. There were 10 minor injuries.”

While police have not linked the tremors to recent events, 19 children and two teachers were killed at an elementary school in southwest Texas on Tuesday.

The killing in Ovaldi, Texas, came just 10 days after a white gunman killed 10 people, including an armed security guard, in a racially motivated attack in a predominantly black neighborhood of a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.

A Barclays representative could not be reached for comment. The official website only showed clips from the game, including Romero’s left punch KO by Davis.