Gunshots heard near George Floyd square on anniversary of death

The Minneapolis intersection where George Floyd died is disrupted by gunfire, just hours before it is to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police.

Associated Press video from the scene shows people running and seeking cover as shots ring out. A police spokesman doesn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Journalist Philip Crowther, who was shooting live video from 38th and Chicago, reports hearing as many as 30 gunshots about a block east of the intersection. Crowther says a storefront window appeared to have been broken by a gunshot.

“Very quickly, things got back to normal,” Crowther says. “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.”

Police says they responded to reports of gunfire at about 10:10 a.m. at the 3800 block of South Elliot Ave. South. Callers tell police that a vehicle was seen speeding away from the area.

Soon after, someone goes to Abbott Northwestern Hospital with a gunshot wound. The victim is taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, and it’s believed the injury is not life-threatening. It isn’t immediately clear if that person was injured in the shooting near George Floyd Square.

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