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Tennis star Naomi Osaka was inside the Barclays Center in New York when rumors of an active shooter sparked panic after Saturday’s boxing match between Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero.
TMZ Sports reported that the incident, which happened early Sunday morning, resulted in 10 people being taken to hospital with minor injuries. No shooter was located.
Osaka posted her reaction on Twitter, and someone else inside the room shared a video of the scene:
It’s so scary pic.twitter.com/06HdOVwY6Z
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department said John Annese of the New York Daily News an investigation determined that it was a false alarm. No shots were fired inside or outside the arena.
NYPD Detective Adam Navarro says there were ‘no firearms’ and it’s unclear what led onlookers to believe there was imminent danger, according to ESPN . Mike Coppinger.
Osaka, four-time Grand Slam champion, confirmed she “came out fine”.
The 24-year-old Japanese sensation suffered a first-round loss to Amanda Anisimova at Roland Garros last week.
Music superstar Madonna was among other celebrities in attendance for the boxing card, per TMZ.
The situation came amid a period of heightened awareness following two recent mass shootings in the United States.
On Tuesday, 19 students and two teachers were killed by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
This tragedy came less than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a racist attack on a Buffalo grocery store.
This has led to calls for Congress to work on gun control measures, including a passionate advocacy by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, one of many high-profile members of the sports world to speak out following the shooting.