Journo takes cover, gunshots ring out during live shot near George Floyd Square on anniversary of death

A news team broadcasting live from George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on the one-year anniversary of his death managed to capture sounds of gunfire from a drive-by shooting.

The journalist is seen talking into the camera as several shots ring out somewhere behind him, though he doesn’t respond right away.

After a few more shots are fired and voices are heard warning people to take cover, the journalist moves out of the camera shot saying, “We’ve just gotta be careful here with some gunshots.”

More than two dozen rounds can be heard in the background, as, seconds later, some people appear to be running toward them.

According to NBC5 Chicago, the shots rang out a few hours before the square was set to host a “family-friendly street festival” to mark the anniversary of Floyd’s death at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Later, Minneapolis police said that officers responded to the 3800 block of Elliot Avenue around 10:09 a.m. Callers told police that they saw a vehicle leaving the area quickly after the shots were fired.

Not long after, police said a person arrived at Abbott Northwestern Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. The person was later taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for additional treatment, according to authorities who said the wound did not appear to be life-threatening in nature.

The report said it isn’t clear whether the person who showed up to be treated was injured in the shooting at the square. NBC5 Chicago had no further details.

Associated Press video from the scene also showed people running and attempting to take cover amid the gunfire.

Philip Crowther, a journalist who was doing a live shot in the area, said he heard as many as 30 shots, adding that a storefront window appeared to have been shattered by a bullet.

“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.”

NBC5 Chicago added: “Floyd, 46, who was Black, died on Memorial Day 2020 after then-Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, pinning him to the ground for about 9 1/2 minutes. Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last month of murder and faces sentencing June 25. Three other fired officers still face trial.”

Several people responded to the shooting, which was indeed ironic given the situation, online.

“MSM: How can we blame this on Trump or the police?!?” wrote one user.

Jon Dougherty

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