Gunfire Claims Send Crowd Into Pandemonium At Davis vs. Romero, About A Dozen Hospitalized

There were reports of an alleged gunfire stemming from a sound disturbance that kicked off a stampede

Davis vs. Romero, gunfire
Credit: Ryan Songalia (via Twitter)

This past weekend, chaos broke out after WBA world lightweight titleholder Gervonta Davis defended his belt against challenger Rolando Romero based on rumors of gunfire.

Gunfire claims at Davis vs. Romero

While the fight didn’t go the distance, ‘Rolly’ showed his boxing prowess by outscoring Davis in the earlier rounds. Many people believed Romero to be ahead although only one judge had scored it in his favor up to that point. All hopes of Romero coming out on top were shattered when Davis knocked him out in the sixth round.

Following their headlining bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the crowd was sent into a pandemonium based on a ‘sound disturbance’ that led them to fear the possibility of having an active shooter in the building.

About a dozen people were taken to the hospital amidst the ruckus stemming from the unfounded reports. Ten people received treatment for minor injuries sustained in their attempts to get out of the arena.

10 people were injured at the event

Tweets from the people present at the time give an insight into the paranoia spreading around of gunfire and an unknown attacker after Davis vs. Romero.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka was in attendance last night and detailed a distressing experience of being barricaded in a room after the rumours of “an active shooter” circulated.

Mike Coppinger of ESPN confirmed that security inside the building and police were also under the impression that a shooter might be on the loose.


Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated followed up to disregard the rumor and let everyone know that the claims weren’t real.

Eventually, NYPD detective Adam Navarro briefed media outlets on the situation explaining that an undefined ‘sound disturbance’ from outside the building had led the people to mistake them for gunshots. Given the recent string of shootings taking place in the country, the crowd can be hardly blamed for fearing the worst.

In the end, it turned out to be a good thing that it was a false alarm and nobody got seriously hurt.

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