Several Injured As False Reports Of Shots Fired Spark Chaos Near Coney Island Amusement Park

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — False reports of shots fired ignited chaos near Coney Island’s Luna Park Sunday evening.

The FDNY tells CBS2′ several people were taken to Coney Island Hospital with minor injuries.

As CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reports, thousands of people were enjoying the beautiful Easter Sunday weather when suddenly it all turned into chaos.

Video posted to social media shows the panic that unfolded after unconfirmed reports of shots fired inside the park. Witnesses say people were running and screaming in all directions trying to find some place safe to hide.

An army of police officers arrived to try and bring the situation under control. Witnesses say at least one person wound up in handcuffs, and they described a group of young men in some kind of dispute.

Glass bottles were thrown and then suddenly a large blast that resembled gunfire rang out.

“After the bottle was thrown in the air and she was hit with the bottle, about two seconds later we heard about four or five shots,” one witness told CBS2. “Right here by the Cyclone and we saw a whole group running towards the boardwalk.”

“People running, children, families, with agonizing faces in agony saying ‘run, run, run. There’s a man with a gun’,” witness Ruben Suazo said. “We don’t know what’s happening. We’re enjoying the evening and next thing you know people are jumping on one another.”

At least one woman was hit with a bottle. She was treated in the back of an ambulance after the incident calmed down.

Luna Park was forced to close early Sunday because of the chaotic incident. Disappointed families filed out around 9 p.m., three hours before the scheduled midnight closing time.

“All the rides are closed,” patron Lisa Gonzales said. “Nothing to do, we bought tickets for nothing. It sucks!”

Late Sunday the NYPD’s 60th Precinct tweeted that any reports of shots fired in the area Sunday were incorrect. In a statement sent to CBS2, a spokesman from Luna Park acknowledged that the reports of gun shots near the amusement park were false and “caused panic and confusion in the surrounding area.”

“The entire Coney Island community regrets that this incident occurred,” the statement continued. “Luna Park resumed regular operation following a brief disruption.”

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  1. Jane Parx says:

    hundreds of people running and harming each other to get away from just the rumor of one person with a gun. What a nation of sheep we have become. We’re not a nation of hero’s saying “Let’s roll” and taking out the bad guys in America, it’s “RUN AWAY!!!!” as we trample each other in a mad stampede like the frightened cattle we are.

  2. Peter York says:

    about 25 years ago my parents went to visit my brother in the San Bernardino jail – in his schizophrenia he liked to take cars for joyrides. it was crowded, and they noticed they were the only white people there.

    some commotion at the far end of the room started the stampede, and as my mom told it to me she and dad just stood back against the wall and watched the panicked herd rush to and fro.

  3. Well when you are required to be a victims with gun control laws you have to run.

  4. Diane Dina says:

    Americans are living in fear, right where the government wants them. Everyone of them has been disarmed. What impotent and pathetic souls.

  5. Mark Walsh says:

    (((group of young men)))

    1. Peter York says:

      what are you saying? better watch what you’re saying! don’t say anything! see what I’m saying?

  6. Jay Talber says:

    Some of us need to realize that the news media is out of control. Were was the video of people running? I submit They, the media that is, kept interviewing people until they got the response they were looking for to over sensationalize this story. There were no gun shots and I’m still trying to find the medical reports confirming bodily injury from the ensuing chaos. Just some unreliable supposed eye witness accounts. Just like their anonymous sources.

    1. Darryn James says:

      THE MEDIA ALSO HIDES THE FACT THAT THE EARTH IS FLAT, IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME SEARCH YOU TUBE FOR “FLAT EARTH”. I WAS SKEPTICAL AT FIRST ALSO BEING EDUCATED IN THE UNITED STATES SCHOOLS AND I AM NOT 100% POSITIVE BUT AFTER WATCHING SOME VIDEOS IT MAKES YOU THINK.

      1. Jay Talber says:

        And what news site do you work for?

  7. Mike Smith says:

    The terrorists have won.

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