People walking in Times Square were sent into a widespread panic Tuesday night after what sounded like multiple gunshots rang out in the crowded tourist destination - only later to be ruled as motorcycle backfire, police said.
The NYPD followed up with a tweet shortly after assuring everyone that there was no mass shooting and the area is safe. "Motorcycles backfiring while passing through sounded like gun shots", the NYPD Midtown North said on Twitter.
Times Square always has a noticeable police presence, though additional NYPD units quickly arrived on the scene due to a flood of 911 calls. "Please don't panic. The Times Square area is very safe!", the statement read.
The false alarm came days after two mass shootings took the lives of 31 people over the weekend, first in El Paso then hours later, in Dayton, Ohio. "The audience started screaming and the cast fled the stage", he wrote on Twitter.
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"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. "We're petrified", Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said as he reflected on the panic.
"It was terrifying for us because we didn't know what was happening or what to do", she wrote. All injuries were reportedly just minor bruises and lacerations. "I'm still processing the whole experience but all I can think about are the young people who've had to go through the actual thing". "This can not be our world", Gideon Glick, who plays Truman Capote in the show, tweeted. "I just wanted to protect my children and safety and praying that this wasn't the end".
CBS New York said people were literally running out of their shoes, dropping their bags, jumping over counters, even trampling those who couldn't keep up.