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.
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·
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.