Two mass shootings happened in the US states of Texas and Ohio over the weekend, leaving 31 people dead and dozens more injured.
Hundreds of people could be seen running in panic for their lives in New York’s Times Square just before 10 pm on Tuesday after hearing the loud noise of a motorcycle backfiring and confusing it with gunshots.
Passing through #NYC’s #TimesSquare, 1hr after this sound sent 1000s running for their lives, in fear of another mass shooting. Accounts of people trampled, hiding in stores, separated from their families. Authorities confirm it was a motorcycle backfire. This is no way to live. pic.twitter.com/GU2zrJfUv5
— Andrew Hodge ?? (@andruhodge) August 7, 2019
People who witnessed the panic took to Twitter to share their videos.
Motorcycles backfiring trigger panic at Times Square in New York City; police confirm there is no active shooter pic.twitter.com/Gsqs3ysUNY
— BNO News (@BNONews) August 7, 2019
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 #timessquare #NYC pic.twitter.com/IKfagFbtzy
— The Daniels Group (@DanielsGrp) August 7, 2019
The New York Police Department issued a statement about the incident in Times Square.
— NYPD Midtown North (@NYPDMTN) August 7, 2019
One user noted that US citizens have been suffering from stress following a series of mass shootings in the country in recent months.
— Rahel-Esther (@rahel_esther) August 7, 2019
She was echoed by another netizen who said that people in the US live in fear.
— Tim Rockey (@Rkysundevil) August 7, 2019
On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at visitors at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people. Nine more people lost their lives during a separate attack on a nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, in the early hours of Sunday.