Shooting rumors cause panic after New York boxing match

By Rich McKay

(Reuters) – As the country reels from two major mass shootings this month, a stampede erupted in New York City early on Sunday as rumors of gunfire spread just after the end of a boxing match, injuring nearly a dozen people, police said.

As boxing fans left the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after Saturday night’s match where Gervonta Davis retained his lightweight title against Rolando Romero, gunfire rumbled through the crowd, police said.

Twitter posts and social media videos showed dozens of fans rushing into the stadium for cover, some knocking others down as they climbed onto the seats or ducked to the ground.

Police told Reuters there was “noise disturbance” but “no shooting” and “no guns”.

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

Although police have not linked the gun scare to recent events, 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at an elementary school in southwestern Texas on Tuesday.

The killing in Uvalde, Texas, comes just 10 days after a white gunman killed 10 people, including an armed security guard, at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, in an attack racially charged in a predominantly black neighborhood.

A Barclays Center representative was not immediately available for comment. His official website only featured clips from the match, including a left punch to Romero from Davis.

(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Mark Porter)