Live TV reporter run for cover as many gunshots are fired in parking dispute
Multiple gunshots were fired Tuesday in an alleged fight over parking near the George Floyd Square in Minneapolis as people marked the first anniversary of his death.
Journalist Philip Crowther was shooting live video near the square when shots were heard about a block east of the intersection where he was posted. Crowther said a storefront window appeared to have been broken by a gunshot.
His video from the scene showed people running to seek cover as at least 30 shots rang out. The shooting came just hours before the square is to be the site of what's billed as a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of Floyd's death at the hands of police
Police said they responded to a reports of gunfire at about 10:10 a.m. at the 3800 block of Elliot Ave. South. Callers told police that a vehicle was seen speeding away from the area.
Soon after, someone went to Abbott Northwestern Hospital with a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and it's believed the injury is not life-threatening.
Separately, the Floyd family announced the launch of a fund that will make grants to businesses and community organizations in the neighborhood where he died, as well as broader grants 'encouraging the success and growth of black citizens and community harmony.'
The money comes from $500,000usd earmarked as part of the city's $27 million usd civil settlement for the Floyd family earlier this year.
The event at George Floyd Square was due to start at 1 p.m., the same time Gov. Tim Walz asked Minnesotans to pause for a moment of silence to honor Floyd.