Who fired shots at George Floyd Square? One injured at Minneapolis memorial site on Floyd death anniversary

The shots were fired near George Floyd Square where Floyd was killed last year as community members gathered to mark the anniversary of his murder


                            Who fired shots at George Floyd Square? One injured at Minneapolis memorial site on Floyd death anniversary
A mural of George Floyd is shown in the intersection of 38th St & Chicago Ave in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: Minneapolis police on Tuesday, May 25, responded to reports of shots fired near George Floyd Square, the intersection where Floyd was killed last year, as community members gathered to mark the anniversary of his murder.

The police department got a call from a person who reported that a suspect's vehicle left George Floyd Square "at a high rate of speed." An individual with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound was being treated at a local hospital, according to police. "This is an evolving incident," police spokesperson John Elder said. "No further information is available at this time." The Department of Minneapolis police stated that they received the call at 10:09 am, from 3800 block of Elliott Avenue. At least person was shot at the site, not much information about the victim have been revealed yet. The suspected shooter was last seen driving away from the scene, according to policeThe incident took place on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death.

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George Floyd square intersection (Getty Images)

Philip Crowther, an Associated Press reporter shooting video from 38th and Chicago, reported hearing as many as 30 gunshots about a block east of the intersection and 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?’” Crowther also shared the footage of the moment gunshots rang out in the square on Twitter.

In a series of tweets, he said, "BREAKING: shots appear to have been fired at George Floyd Square. Quiet now. People still sheltering in place," and "We heard a few dozens sounds of what appear to have been shots fired on this block. Everyone sheltered in place. Lots of running. No apparent need for medics. Will update." He further said, "From our vantage point we see one broken window, apparently from one of the shots fired. Consensus among reporters here at George Floyd Square was that we heard anywhere between a dozen and two dozen shots fired."



 



 



 

The intersection of 38th and Chicago in front of Cup Foods has been barricaded to traffic and preserved as a memorial to Floyd. His death sparked months of protests worldwide against police brutality and systemic racism. 

Derek Chauvin, who killed Floyd, was indicted last month of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, after kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes. The three other former officers accused of aiding Chauvin will stand trial in March 2022. All four men have also been indicted by a federal grand jury with violating Floyd's civil rights during his arrest.

The intersection, where Floyd was killed, has been transformed into an outdoor festival for the 'Rise and Remember George Floyd' celebration, including a candlelight vigil at 8 pm. The event follows several days of marches and rallies across the country marking the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death.

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