Moment at least 30 gunshots are fired near George Floyd Square on the anniversary of his death


Multiple gunshots were fired Tuesday in an alleged row over parking near the George Floyd Square in Minneapolis as people marked the first anniversary of his murder.  

Journalist Philip Crowther was shooting live video from 38th and Chicago when shots were heard about a block east of the intersection. 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 a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police. 

Billy Briggs, a volunteer caretaker who tends to tributes left to Floyd at the intersection, said the gunfire appeared to stem from an argument over parking. ‘All clear,’ Briggs wrote in a text message to Reuters. 

‘Very quickly things got back to normal,’ Crowther said. ‘People here who spend a significant amount of time, the organizers, were running around asking, `Does anyone need a medic?´ It seems like there are no injuries.’

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. 

Journalist Philip Crowther was shooting live video from 38th and Chicago when shots were heard about a block east of the intersection. Crowther said a storefront window appeared to have been broken by a gunshot

Video from the scene showed people seeking cover as shots rang out. The shooting came just hours before the square is to be the site of a family-friendly street festival marking the anniversary of his death at the hands of police

‘Very quickly things got back to normal,’ Crowther said. ‘People here who spend a significant amount of time, the organizers, were running around asking, `Does anyone need a medic?´ It seems like there are no injuries’

The intersection has been barricaded since soon after George Floyd’s death and quickly turned into a memorial – and also a challenging spot for the city, with police officers not always welcome.

Informally dubbed George Floyd Square, it was being transformed Tuesday into an outdoor festival on the anniversary of his death, with food, children’s activities and a long list of musical performers.

‘We’re going to be turning mourning into dancing,’ rapper Nur-D tweeted. ‘We’re going to be celebrating 365 days of strength in the face of injustice.’

The intersection has been barricaded since soon after George Floyd's death and quickly turned into a memorial - and also a challenging spot for the city, with police officers not always welcome

The intersection has been barricaded since soon after George Floyd’s death and quickly turned into a memorial – and also a challenging spot for the city, with police officers not always welcome

Informally dubbed George Floyd Square, it was being transformed Tuesday into an outdoor festival on the anniversary of his death, with food, children's activities and a long list of musical performers

Informally dubbed George Floyd Square, it was being transformed Tuesday into an outdoor festival on the anniversary of his death, with food, children’s activities and a long list of musical performers

'We're going to be turning mourning into dancing,' rapper Nur-D tweeted. 'We're going to be celebrating 365 days of strength in the face of injustice'

‘We’re going to be turning mourning into dancing,’ rapper Nur-D tweeted. ‘We’re going to be celebrating 365 days of strength in the face of injustice’

Floyd, 46, who was black, died on Memorial Day 2020 after then-Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, pinning him to the ground for more than nine minutes. 

Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last month of murder and faces sentencing June 25. Three other fired officers still face trial.

The ‘Rise and Remember George Floyd’ celebration, including a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m., caps several days of marches, rallies and panel discussions about his death and where America is in confronting racial discrimination.

Many members of the Floyd family are in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, to meet privately with President Joe Biden, who called relatives after the Chauvin verdict and pledged to continue fighting for racial justice.

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump said he hoped Biden will renew his support for policing reform named for Floyd that would ban chokeholds and no-knock police raids and create a national registry for officers disciplined for serious misconduct.

‘Now is time to act,’ Crump said Tuesday on CNN. ‘Not just talk but act.’

Boards lean up against a building, as multiple gunshots were heard near the George Floyd memorial square on May 25

Boards lean up against a building, as multiple gunshots were heard near the George Floyd memorial square on May 25

Men board up Prestige Cuts Barber Lounge after sounds of shots were reported near George Floyd Square, on the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd

Men board up Prestige Cuts Barber Lounge after sounds of shots were reported near George Floyd Square, on the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd

A view of George Floyd Square on Monday

A view of George Floyd Square on Monday 

Floyd´s brother Philonise, appearing alongside Crump, said he thinks about George ‘all the time.’

‘My sister called me at 12 o´clock last night and said ´This is the day our brother left us,” he said, adding: ‘I think things have changed. I think it is moving slowly but we are making progress.’

Nur-D, whose real name is Matt Allen, took to the Minneapolis streets in the days after Floyd’s death, often providing medical assistance to protesters who were shot or gassed in confrontations with police. He eventually founded an organization, Justice Frontline Aid, to support safe protest.

He described the past year as ‘like we’ve lived 20 years inside of one’ and hoped that people would feel ‘honesty and a real sense of togetherness’ during Tuesday’s celebration at what’s informally known as George Floyd Square.

‘If you’re angry, you can be angry. If you’re sad, you can be sad,’ Nur-D said in a follow-up interview. ‘If you’re feeling some sense of joy over the verdict and some sort of like step in the right direction, and you want to celebrate that, do that as well.’

The event was organized by the George Floyd Global Memorial. 

Angela Harrelson, an aunt of Floyd’s and a member of the board of directors, said the organization has stockpiled 3,000 items surrounding Floyd’s death – things like artwork left behind in the square – and will display some of them in a pop-up gallery.

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 202o people carry posters with George Floyd on them as they march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington

FILE – In this Aug. 28, 202o people carry posters with George Floyd on them as they march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington

Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, attends a rally and march for the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Sunday in Minneapolis

Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, attends a rally and march for the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death on Sunday in Minneapolis

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 $500,000 earmarked as part of the city’s $27 million 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. 

Walz asked that the moment last for 9 minutes, 29 seconds – the length of time that prosecutors say Chauvin had his knee on Floyd´s neck.

Walz´s proclamation says Chauvin´s guilty verdict was a step in the right direction, ‘but our work to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination has not ended’.

He added: ‘True justice for George Floyd will come only through real, systemic change to prevent acts like this from happening again – when every member of every community, no matter their race, is safe, valued, and protected.’

People take part in a protest (including BLM activist Hawk Newsome (center), NYC Mayor Candidate Shaun Donavan (far right), blocking the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan, New York, on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd

People take part in a protest (including BLM activist Hawk Newsome (center), NYC Mayor Candidate Shaun Donavan (far right), blocking the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan, New York, on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd

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