According to videos and witnesses, several people were injured when panicked crowds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn rushed back into the arena after a boxing match on Sunday.
At least some in the Brooklyn arena believed there was an active gunman at the scene after the fight between Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero, but the NYPD denied gunfire was fired.
Only media and production staff were still at the Barclays when a fight broke out and some believed the commotion was a shooter, boxing reporter Ryan Songalia told The Post.
Dozens of people began frantically pouring back inside, witnesses and videos showed.
“We’re used to brawls at boxing events, but recent headlines and crowd panic had many of us worried that our worst fears were about to come true,” Songalia said. “Thankfully we were able to return to our seats to archive our stories and get out safely.”
People were “definitely scared, it wasn’t like they were just going back in to get away from a bunch of people throwing punches”.
“It was like they were running for their lives.”
Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix tweeted that a sound like gunfire was heard inside, although he later said the sound could have come from outside.
“Terrifying moments,” he wrote. “Hundreds of fans stormed out of the hall back into the arena. People – including the media – duck for cover.”
While not an active shooter, false reports circulated on social media as the nation remains on edge following two recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas.
An NYPD spokesman confirmed to The Post that the report on the active shooter was “inaccurate.”
“It’s a big crowd. No shots fired. No one fired outside Barclay’s Center,” the spokesman said.
It was not initially clear how many people were injured and how serious their injuries were.
Tennis champion Naomi Osaka was at Saturday’s bouts and said she was “petrified” in the ensuing chaos after a shooter rumor circulated.
“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 close the doors, I was so freaking petrified man,” she tweeted around 1:45 a.m. Sunday.
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