George Floyd Square Shooting: Shots Fired, Reporter Robbed

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Shots were fired in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2021, the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s murder. One victim later showed up at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, The Associated Press reports. In addition, a journalist reported he was robbed of his drone and told to never “come back to George Floyd Square,” he wrote on Twitter.

Here is video that captured the sounds of the gunfire. According to CNN, one person was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries from a gunshot. The shooting occurred a block away from where Floyd died. The shooter drove away and is at large; the motive is not clear.

“Shots fired at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. It sounded like an exchange of gunfire with around 10 shots. Our crew evacuated the area and aren’t in a position to see more right now. I’ll update with more if/when we can,” Garrett Teney, a national correspondent with Fox News reported on May 25, 2021.

That’s the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted by a jury of murder. The Minneapolis Police Department told the AP the shooting is under investigation. The victim was critically injured but is expected to survive, police told the news organization.

Also on the anniversary, Floyd’s family was expected to meet with President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to CNN. Floyd died on May 25, 2020, during his arrest after Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes while the suspect was prone on the ground.

George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told CNN that he thinks “things have changed” since Floyd died.

“I think it’s moving slowly, but it’s making progress. I just want everything to be better in life, because I don’t want to see people dying the same way my brother has passed,” Philonise Floyd said on CNN’s “New Day.”

Here’s what you need to know:

Reporters Heard ‘Well Over a Dozen Gunshots’

Other journalists also heard the gunfire. Alex Presha, a journalist with ABC News, wrote that he heard about 12 gunshots.

“This morning at #GeorgeFloyd Square our team heard what sounded like well over a dozen gun shots. We’re rushed behind a row of cars. The once active intersection full of camera crews and people now clearing out. Everyone appears to be OK,” he wrote.

People sheltered in place after the shots rang out.

Philip Crowther of the Associated Press noted that one shot broke a window. “From our vantage point we see one broken window, apparently from one of the shots fired. Consensus among reporters here at George Floyd Square was that we heard anywhere between a dozen and two dozen shots fired,” he wrote on Twitter.

Crowther told the AP, “Very quickly things got back to normal. People here who spend a significant amount of time, the organizers, were running around asking, ‘Does anyone need a medic?’”

A Journalist Wrote That He Was Robbed of His Drone in an Unrelated Incident

Mark Vancleave, a video journalist with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, wrote on Twitter that “security” took his drone at George Floyd Square on the anniversary of Floyd’s death.

“Had my drone taken by three dudes working ‘security’ about a block from 38th and Chicago this morning. Was threatened and told never to come back to George Floyd Square,” he wrote on Twitter.

Molly Hennessy-Fiske wrote on Twitter, “Was just walking to #GeorgeFloyd square when gunshots sounded. One volley, then two, then three. Many bystanders. People couldn’t tell if it was fireworks at first. It was right in the square.”

Further details were not yet clear on the morning of May 25. This post is being updated as more information is learned about the shooting in George Floyd Square.

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