Rumors of Gunfire Cause Panic After New York Boxing Match

By Reuters
May 30, 2022New York
Rumors of Gunfire Cause Panic After New York Boxing Match
People escape from the tribunes after a false shooting alert inside Barclays Center in New York on May 28, 2022. (Ryan Songalia via Reuters)

A stampede broke out early Sunday in New York as rumors spread of gunfire just after a boxing match ended, injuring almost a dozen people, police said.

As boxing fans filed out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after Saturday night’s match where Gervonta Davis retained his lightweight title against Rolando Romero, word of gunshots spread among the crowd, police said.

Twitter posts and social media videos showed scores of fans rushing back into the stadium to take cover, some knocking others down as they climbed over seats or ducked down on the floor.

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

“People heard loud noises and thought it was gunfire,” a New York City police spokesman said. “It was nothing more than that. There were 10 minor injuries.”

A representative for the Barclays Center was not immediately available for comment. Its official website just featured clips from the match, including a lefthanded knock-out punch to Romero from Davis.

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