BREAKING: Shots fired at George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis

A drive-by shooting appears to have been caught on live television at George Floyd's memorial Tuesday in Minneapolis, on the one year anniversary of his death.


A drive-by shooting appears to have been caught on live television at George Floyd's memorial Tuesday in Minneapolis, on the one year anniversary of his death.

Gunfire was captured during ABC crew's live recording from George Floyd Square. ABC News multiplatform reporter Alex Presha was speaking to the camera when rounds can be heard fired in the background of the live report. "Down down down!" was shouted multiple times on-air.

Associated Press international affiliate reporter Philip Crowther was on the scene as he discussed police reform. He duck beneath the camera as others fled and hid.

Crowther later observed hearing several dozen sounds of gunshots. "Everyone sheltered in place. Lots of running. No apparent need for medics."

"From our vantage point we see one broken window, apparently from one of the shots fired," Crowther reported. "Consensus among reporters here at George Floyd Square was that we heard anywhere between a dozen and two dozen shots fired."

Upon reviewing the footage, Crowther determined that 30 gunshots were fired.

A fellow reporter "just had her phone smashed because she took photos of a storefront hit by a bullet," Crowther reported half an hour later.

Another journalist was also robbed and told to never "come back to George Floyd Square." Minneapolis Star-Tribune videographer Mark Vancleave said he had his drone "taken by three dudes working 'security' about a block from 38th and Chicago this morning." That's when he was threatened, he wrote on Twitter.

"And by security I mean the Bloods crew," Vancleave added.

"One volley, then two, then three. Many bystanders," tweeted Los Angeles Times writer Molly Hennessy-Fiske who was just walking towards George Floyd Square. "People couldn't tell if it was fireworks at first. It was right in the square."

Two gunshot victims were reportedly rushed to Abbott Northwestern Hospital and are being transferred to the Hennepin County Medical Center. There are reports that the injuries are connected to the shots fired at the tribute ceremony.

NBC News cited at least one person was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. The shooting occurred after 10 a.m. at the 3800 block of Elliot Avenue, Minneapolis Police said via press statement.

The suspected shooter was last seen driving away from the scene, according to police. No other details, including motive for the shooting or the identity of the one victim, were released to the public at the time of publication.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.


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