Tensions At Times Square On Back Of Weekend Shootings

 

There was chaos in Times Square for a short time last night after the crowd heard what sounded like gun shots.

It happened just before 10 p.m. Tourists and New Yorkers went running for cover, some ducking into businesses and theaters, where Broadway shows were still going on. 

One actor, Gideon Glick from "To Kill a Mockingbird," Tweeted that the cast fled the stage when the audience started screaming as people tried to "storm our theater for safety."

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter to confirm that the area was safe and the sound was not gun shots at all. It was a motorcycle backfiring. 

He also appeared to politicize the incident.

 

The mayor, an outspoken critic of President Trump and 2020 Democrat Presidential candidate wrote "Nobody should have to live in constant fear of gun violence this country is better than this."

As many as 20 people suffered minor injuries.

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