Motorcycle backfiring causes panic in Times Square

Motorcycle backfiring causes panic in Times Square

A backfiring motorcycle sparked a stampede in a packed Times Square after people mistook the sound for gunfire. Eyewitness footage captured the moment that tourists and residents sprinted for their lives in abject panic.

Tensions remain high across the USA following a spate of high-profile mass shootings in quick succession.

The Times Square incident was not the only false alarm on Tuesday.

"Nobody should have to live in constant fear of gun violence".

The New York Police Department's Midtown North tweeted about the backfiring, saying, "There is no active shooter in Times Square".

Some people feared the loud bang of a sign falling was the sound of a gunshot, the West Valley City Police Department said. "Let's FIX this NOW". He wrote on Twitter, "Screaming civilians tried to storm our theater for safety. The audience started screaming and the cast fled the stage", he wrote on Twitter. "This can not be our world", Gideon Glick, who plays Truman Capote in the show, tweeted.

"People fleeing and hiding from #timessquare after suspected live shooter #NewYork we caught this from our hotel bar 10th floor #police confirmed this was not a live shooter", they wrote. This can not be our world.

Over 300 people came out to a Gays Against Gun protest in Times Square on Sunday, after the El Paso and Dayton shootings on Saturday.

In Dayton, nine people were killed-including the shooter's own sister-and 27 more were wounded on August 4.

Since the beginning of the year, there were around 250 mass shootings in the US and 273 people have been killed, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Was inside a bar around the corner and a crowd of crying teens and families stampeded through the doors, many of them global tourists who couldn't figure out what we thought was happening as we hid under tables and furiously texted people.

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