MINNEAPOLIS — Dozens of activists and bystanders paying their respects at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis ran from the area on Tuesday after a series of loud bangs rang out, raising fears that shots were being fired.
The mood all morning had been somber and reflective with people laying flowers, some bowing their heads in front of an outline of where Mr. Floyd was killed and a man making the sign of the cross.
That quiet broke at about 10:10 a.m. with a series of loud noises that sounded like at least 10 gunshots. One girl screamed for her mother as she ran into a corner behind portable toilets. Organizers yelled for children to run to one side.
About five minutes later, organizers returned to the square to attend to people who appeared panicked and scared. The police later released a statement:
On Tuesday morning at 10:09 a.m., the Minneapolis police department responded to the 3800 block of Elliott Avenue south on a report of the sound of shots fired.
Information received from callers was that a suspect vehicle was last seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed.
A short period of time later, an individual showed up at Abbott Northwestern Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim has been transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. It is believed that the injury is non-life-threatening.
Slowly, activists and bystanders returned to the square, but in a smaller number than before.
The square has not been without controversy. Streets are closed off and manned by activists limiting which cars can enter. And there has been a spate of shootings at night, as the police have limited their patrolling of the area.