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Times Square In Panic Over Motorcycle

Times Square In Panic Over Motorcycle

A motorcycle backfired last night in Times Square at around 9.30 pm. Tourists and New Yorkers alike ran for their lives thinking that a gun had been fired.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Shubert Theatre on 44th Street near 7th Avenue had to stop their show.

Celia Keenan-Bolger

Tonight during my last speech in the play there was panic at our theater because a motorcycle backfired near Shubert Alley & people believed there was an active shooter & tried to get into the theater for safety. This was terrifying for the audience who heard screaming & banging on the doors, so they hid or ran & tried to flee. It was terrifying for us because we didn’t know what was happening or what to do. Our security and stage management did an amazing job of keeping people safe and as calm as possible. I’m still processing the whole experience butall I can think about are the young people who’ve had to go through the actual thing. The trauma and fear that they have had to endure and what something like that does to a young person’s brain. We cannot go on like this.

Gideon Glick tweeted:
Stopped our show tonight due to a motorcycle backfire that was mistaken for a bomb or a shooting. Screaming civilians tried to storm our theater for safety. The audience started screaming and the cast fled the stage. This is the world we live in. This cannot be our world.10:16 PM · Aug 6, 2019·

A company called The Daniels Group had posted video footage of people running from a hotel on Tuesday night. But they later reiterated the NYPD's message that there was no live shooter involved

The sounds near Eighth Avenue and West 42nd Street, according to the NYPD.

One pedestrian was injured as they fell while running and kids were separated from their parents.

Witnesses claimed that they watched people screaming and falling over one another as they ran southwards on Broadway. One person can be seeing lying on the ground and it is unclear if he was injured
Authorities have been on high alert following two mass shooting incidents in Ohio and Texas over the weekend

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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