Several people were injured when panicked crowds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn returned to the arena after a boxing match on Sunday, according to videos and witnesses.
At least some inside the Brooklyn arena believed there was an active shooter at the scene after the Gervonta Davis-Rolando Romero fight, but the NYPD denied that any shots were fired.
Only media and production workers were still in the Barclays when a fight broke out and some took the commotion for a shooter, boxing journalist Ryan Songalia told the Post.
Dozens of people began to flock frantically inside, witnesses and video showed.
“We are used to fights at boxing events, but recent headlines and crowd panic have made many of us fearful that our worst fears may come true,” Songalia said. “Luckily we were able to get back to our seats to put down our stories and get out safely.”
People were ‘definitely scared, it wasn’t like they were going back inside to get away from a few people throwing punches’
“It was like they were running for their lives.”
Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix tweeted that a sound like gunshots sounded inside, although he later said the sound could have come from outside.
“Scary times,” he wrote. “Hundreds of fans started rushing into the arena from the lobby. People – including the media – are hiding for cover.
While not an active shooter situation, misinformation has circulated on social media as the nation remains tense after two recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to The Post that the active shooter report is “inaccurate.”
“It’s a big crowd condition. No shots fired. No one fired outside Barclay’s Center,” the spokesperson said.
It was not immediately known how many people were injured or the extent of their injuries.
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 right at the Barclays center and suddenly I heard screaming and saw people running and then we were shouted at that there was an active shooter and we had to huddle in a room and close the doors, I was so petrified man”, she tweeted around 1:45 a.m. Sunday.
Another Twitter user wrote“Everybody has @barclayscenter panicked. Both of my knees are bleeding from being on the floor for what felt like 20 minutes. The user thanked a brother “for getting me out safely.”