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Gunshots heard near George Floyd Square on anniversary of murder

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Gunshots were heard near the intersection named after George Floyd in Minneapolis on the first anniversary of his murder.

Video from the scene posted on Twitter by Associated Press journalist Phillip Crowther captured the shots, and the AP later reported the gunfire.

Crowther said people were sheltering in place at the intersection.

“Quick rough footage of the moment we heard shots fired at George Floyd Square. We counted 30 upon looking back at the footage,” Crowder said in a post on Twitter. 



The Minneapolis Police Department said in an email to The Hill that the shooting happened at 10:09 a.m., and the reported suspect drove off from the scene. One victim was transported to a nearby hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. 

“On Tuesday morning at 10:09 AM, the Minneapolis police department responded to the 3800 block of Elliott Avenue south on a report of the sound of shots fired,” the report said.

“Information received from callers was that a suspect vehicle was last seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed,” the statement said. “A short period of time later, an individual showed up at Abbott Northwestern Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim has been transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. It is believed that the injury is non-life-threatening. This is an evolving incident. No further information is available at this time.” 

Tuesday marks one year since Floyd, 46, was killed by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during an arrest in which Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

Chauvin was convicted of murdering Floyd in April and is facing sentencing in June.

Floyd’s death led to a resurgence in efforts to bring about racial justice in the United States.

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