Tennis star Naomi Osaka said she was “petrified as damn” when she heard there could be an active shooter at the Barclays Center early Sunday – which turned out to be a hoax.
“I was just at the Barclays Center and all of a sudden I heard screaming and saw people running then we were yelled at that there was an active shooter and we had to huddle in a room and shut the doors, I was so freaking petrified man,” , Osaka said on Twitter.
The four-time Grand Slam champion was one of the spectators at a boxing match at the Brooklyn Arena involved in the chaos that followed the hoax.
Video posted online shows crowds fleeing in terror as panic swept through Barclays Center, injuring 16 people. Seven people were hospitalized.
“This sense of familiarity with these common devastating situations may be exclusive to people living in America, but the emotions I experienced in those few minutes that I’ve waited in this room are something I wouldn’t want anyone to experience.” ‘ Osaka said.
Footage from the event, including at least one clip posted on TikTok, showed a frantic rush, with people ducking and running into the arena where the boxing match between Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero was taking place earlier that night.
The NYPD said no shots were fired, although a fight broke out around 1 a.m. on Atlantic Avenue and Fort Greene Place with a man, who then ran to the Atlantic Terminal Mall.
Crowds then began running in the same direction, adding to the confusion, police officers said.
The false report and the resulting panic came less than a week after a twisted gunman shot dead 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school, and about two weeks after a racist gunman killed 10 people at a Buffalo grocery store.
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