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Panic in Times Square After Motorcycle Mistaken for Gunshots

A stampede was created Tuesday evening after a backfiring motorcycle created a shooting scare. The stampede left 12 people injured, none seriously.


As the number of mass shootings in the US rises quickly, a loud motorcycle was all that was needed to create panic in New York City’s center of tourism.

A backfiring motorcycle in Times Square Tuesday evening sparked panic, and created a stampede as people attempted to run.

12 people were injured in the melee, none seriously.

The NYPD tweeted out, “There is no #ActiveShooter in #TimesSquare. Motorcycles backfiring while passing through sounded like gun shots.” The tweet also says the department received multiple 911 calls and urged the public to not panic saying “The Times Square area is very safe!”

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