One year after George Floyd’s death in Minnesota sparked widespread riots and increased demands for police reform across the country, protesters and demonstrators continue to gather in George Floyd Square, an area established to commemorate him.
News crews captured a dark moment on Tuesday, however, as gunshots could be heard in the area and crowds of people ran for cover.
“Down, down, down!”
The incident reportedly occurred at about 10 a.m. near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street. ABC News reporter Alex Presha noted that protesters were preparing to observe a moment of silence when the loud bangs could be heard.
“Down, down, down!” someone could be heard yelling as the news footage cut out and the in-studio broadcast resumed.
BREAKING: Shots fired at the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis on the one year anniversary of his death
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Another clip captured by Associated Press reporter Philip Crowther showed his discussion of police reform abruptly interrupted by the sound of apparent gunshots. Subsequent estimates reveal about 30 shots were fired, and at least one shattered a nearby window.
Multiple gunshots are heard at George Floyd Square as media filmed for the anniversary of George Floyd’s death. pic.twitter.com/BG5yiiUAxg
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“I want to know”
Police stated that a suspect fled the scene and at least one individual was critically injured.
Even as many of those present at the scene and Democratic Party leaders across the nation have used the anniversary to advocate for police reform, the scene in Minneapolis appears to show a city that has not become safer since Floyd’s death.
Roughly one-third of the city’s police officers have quit and its murder rate has consistently ticked upward over the past year, but it is not alone as many metropolitan areas across the nation have witnessed a spike in violent crime.
In addition to the reports of gunshots, some reporters on the ground were reportedly roughed up on Tuesday, including one journalist whose phone was smashed and a videographer whose equipment was stolen.
Earlier this month, Minneapolis City Councilman Phillipe Cunningham demanded accountability from Mayor Jacob Frey, writing: “What is being done to stop this violence? I want to know.”