Fake shooting alert sends NYC crowd panicking at sports arena

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A shooting at a New York sports arena sent crowds sprinting in fear on Saturday, but the incident turned out to be a false alarm.

The incident happened at the Barclays Center in New York after a boxing match on Saturday night. Police say a fight broke out after the event ended and the vast majority of fans had already left, but some of those remaining misunderstood the commotion and scared away a crowd of dozens in the arena, according to pictures.

Several people who attended the Gervonta Davis-Rolando Romero boxing match and lingered in the arena later posted footage of the incident on social media.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka was also present at the event, saying she hid in a room when the commotion started.

“I was right at the Barclays center, and suddenly I heard screaming and saw people running, 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 p- –ing petrified man,” she tweeted.

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New York police, however, said no shots were fired in the incident, according to the New York Post.

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Police did not specify the nature of the altercation that sparked the commotion.

The misunderstanding follows two deadly mass shootings in as many weeks in the United States

Ten people were killed in a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in mid-May, and 19 children and two teachers were murdered at Robb Elementary School in Texas last week.

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