MINNEAPOLIS (NewsNation Now) — The Minneapolis intersection where George Floyd died was disrupted by gunfire Tuesday morning, hours before it was to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death.
Video obtained from the Associated Press filmed on 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — informally known as George Floyd Square — showed people running and seeking cover as shots rang out. Police said a man later showed up at a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound. Police spokesman John Elder said authorities believe he was injured in the shooting at the square. He was in critical condition but was expected to survive.
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Philip Crowther, a reporter working for AP Global Media Services, which provides live video coverage to customers, reported hearing as many as 30 gunshots about a block east of the intersection. Crowther said a storefront window appeared to have been broken by a gunshot.
“Very quickly things got back to normal,” Crowther said. “People here who spend a significant amount of time, the organizers, were running around asking, ‘Does anyone need a medic?’ It seems like there are no injuries.”
Police said in a release that they responded to reports of gunfire at about 10:10 a.m. local time in the 3800 block of Elliot Ave. South. Callers told police that a vehicle was seen speeding away from the area. Elder said no one was in custody by midday Tuesday.
Photos taken after the shots fired show broken windows outside a barbershop as people tried to clean up the shattered glass.
The South Minneapolis intersection has been barricaded since after George Floyd’s death and quickly turned into a memorial — and also a challenging spot for the city, with police officers not always welcome.
The “Rise and Remember George Floyd” celebration, including a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m., caps several days of marches, rallies and panel discussions about his death and where America is in confronting racial discrimination.
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Reporting by Doug Glass of the Associated Press. The Associated Press contributed to this report.